The attack on Social Security Disability and, yes, Social Security as well.
I will continue to post articles on this situation as it develops over time. Gradually, a few more people are becoming aware of what the newly elected Congress is trying to do. However, I would say that many still don't realize what is happening. So let me recap:
People who receive SSD, Social Security Disability benefits, do so because they have worked X amount of years and have paid into the system. In return for those tax payments, they are covered for both Social Security retirement and for disability benefits should they become disabled and are forced to effectively draw their retirement benefits early on the basis of disabled status. It is a contract and a promise.
Now, certain politicians in Washington want to break that contract. By making it impossible to shore up the disability fund as has been done 11 times in the last 30 years, they would rather that individuals who receive disability benefits face a 20 percent monthly cut from their monthly check. I think its likely that these politicians did not expect much push back on this because, after all, disability benefits are welfare are they not? And they are too easy to get, correct?
In actuality, to collect SSD you have to have worked and earned sufficient work credits to be covered by the system. It is not any more welfare than is Social Security retirement. And as for the conception held by many conservative members of Congress, such as Senator Rand Paul, it is also not easy to get. Most claims are initially denied and often take up to three years. Even at the hearing level, the chances of winning are equivalent to a coin toss. And, as the news accurately reports, it is getting harder to win benefits, due in no small measure to the attempt by Congressional conservatives to intimidate federal disability judges into making fewer hearing approvals (and, in fact, for the last three or four years, approvals at hearings have been going down).
However, the major point I'm making is this: citizens pay into the system and expect the contract to be honored, not to be broken when politicians expect that they can easily roll over one group that they believe has no political clout. I, frankly, think they will find themselves mistaken, particularly when they begin to hear from disabled veterans who not only collect service-connected disability but also SSD.
As always, concerned citizens should contact their Senator or Congressman and express their outrage that members of Congress find it acceptable to take one's paycheck deductions and then fail to deliver what was promised, in this case cutting a monthly benefit check by 20 percent.
From the article linked below:
"Disability benefit recipients get about $1,200 a month and depend on it for paying rent, buying food and other necessities.
'You’re barely surviving,' she said. 'If you get a cut there, you’re not going to be able to survive.'
Republicans largely oppose keeping the disability fund afloat by reallocating revenue from the Social Security retirement fund to the disability fund. Colvin and many Democrats note Congress has previously approved 11 reallocations between the two funds on a bipartisan basis."
Disability cut would be 'death sentence,' says Social Security chief
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