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Virtually no American is likely to live out his life without making a claim under some federally funded or administered benefit or compensation program. Our system of national social welfare legislation includes among its major programs Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (Social Security), Medicare and Medicaid, Veterans' Pensions and Compensation, Categorical Public Assistance (Aid to Families with Dependent Children and the new federal Supplementary Security Income Program under title XVI of the Social Security Act), Unemployment Insurance, and Workmen's Compensation. These programs provide basic protection against a multitude of serious economic hazards which may at some time affect us all. Because of the magnitude of the

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1974

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