welfare state

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Political system based on the premise that the government (and not the individual, corporations, or the local community) has the responsibility for the well being of its citizens, by ensuring that a minimum standard of living is within everyone's reach. This commitment is translated into provision of universal and free education, universal medical care, insurance against disability, sickness, and unemployment, family allowances for income supplement, and old age pensions.

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The welfare state exists in some countries but not in others. In non 'nanny states' people have little or no fall back or safety net.
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When in a welfare state some people are happy enough to just exist and feed off the government instead of working hard.
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I didn't realize that the state I was in was a welfare state and it made me a bit sad to be a part of it.
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