Unit 5: Care for the Poor, Sick, Elderly, and Infirm
Since ancient times, a recognized purpose of government has been to bind communities together and help citizens care for one another. In this unit, we examine government policies that seek to provide benefits for the poor, sick, elderly, and infirm. How do lawmakers and officials justify taking from some in the form of taxes to give to those who need assistance? What are the ethical and legal limitations on such programs? These questions form the basis for inquiry in this unit.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.
5.1: Social Security and Health Insurance
5.2: Poverty in America
5.3: Dilemmas Involving Illness and Infirmity