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Rethinking Social Security


Sunday, January 23, 2005; Page B02


June 8 In response to Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces intent to provide an economic security program

Aug. 14 Social Security Act is signed into law. It provides retirement benefits to workers only. Legislation establishes three-member, bipartisan Social Security Board to implement provisions

Getting the signature: President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid in July 1965. At his left is former president Harry Truman, who proposed such a program in 1945. In the background, from left: Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Bess Truman. (AP)


More than 35 million Social Security cards are issued


January Workers begin to acquire credits toward old-age insurance benefits; first applications for benefits filed

March First payment is made (initial payments were one-time-only, lump-sum refunds)


July Social Security Board becomes part of Federal Security Agency

August Program broadened to include dependents and pay survivors benefits


January First monthly benefit payments begin 1946

July Social Security Administration replaces Social Security Board

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