The Public Interest

Equality and Mobility

Lawrence D. Brown

Spring 1988

THE CLAIMS Of a wide range of “special” groups, and the costs of meeting these claims, are a prominent issue in today’s welfare state. Such groups include the elderly and children, AIDS victims and the drug-dependent, the hungry and the homeless, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. Few of their needs can be met adequately by such established welfare-state programs as pensions, health insurance, unemployment compensation, or public assistance.

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