This week’s blog was written by Partner Tom Giordano.
After last week’s attack from House Republicans on Social Security disability on Congress’ first day back in session, LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik has come to the program’s defense once again. Mr. Hiltzik is a great champion for the Social Security disability program and its beneficiaries and I highly recommend to our clients that you read his articles whenever possible.
To recap, House Republicans imposed a new rule in their proposed legislation that prevents a reallocation from the old-age program to the disability program. Without a reallocation of funds, Social Security disability recipients could see a 20 percent cut in their benefits in 2016.
In his article, “On Day One, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security,” he explains how the House Republicans’ new rule undermines efforts to keep Social Security solvent. It also takes away citizens’ own money that they’ve saved after years of working in case they become disabled.
Hiltzik notes that advocacy groups are outraged at the proposed rule change.
“It is hard to believe that there is any purpose to this unprecedented change to House rules,” wrote Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, in an open letter last week, “other than to cut benefits for Americans who have worked hard all their lives, paid into Social Security and rely on their Social Security benefits, including Disability Insurance, in order to survive.”
Hiltzik also contends that this change falls into the recent trend of attacking disability recipients. Some media and politicians have spouted false statements that claim that disability applicants are lazy and just trying to scam the system, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth about Social Security disability is: It’s not easy to get.
- You must have worked at least 1/4 of your adult life and been employed in at least 5 of the last 10 years.
- You have to be too impaired to earn even $1,090 a month on your own.
Only about 41% of applicants end up with disability checks.
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