- Mar 14, 2019
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- Ft. Lauderdale
U.S. already has among strictest disability benefits eligibility standards in the world, writes Rebecca Vallas with the Center for American Progress
This is in regards to proposed cuts.
Seems a bit much, but I get the crowd that doesn't want to allow anyone to get help if they don't 'deserve' it. Or want to cut costs.But its latest proposal — which would cut Social Security disability benefits by $2.6 billion over 10 years — is one of the cruelest. It would require millions of beneficiaries to re-prove their disability — and navigate a complex web of red tape and paperwork — every two years. Hundreds of thousands of people could lose benefits even though their condition has not changed.
We’ve seen this movie before, when the Reagan administration implemented a similar policy. People with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, serious mental illness and even terminal cancer were notified they were “no longer disabled” and their benefits terminated. All told, half a million people lost benefits. Thousands died, many by suicide. President Ronald Reagan’s “disability purge” caused such suffering, it sparked a bipartisan revolt by 18 states that refused to implement it. Ultimately, a rare unanimous vote by Congress ended the nightmarish policy in 1984.
So, it's not going to save anything, due to the cost of people having to re-prove things. Interrupt medical care, etc.The Trump administration — like Reagan’s — claims that the proposal is about efficiency. But that’s hard to square with the administration’s own accounting, finding that the new policy would cost nearly as much to administer ($1.8 billion) as it would “save” over 10 years by taking away survival benefits. But as with the rest of the Trump safety net cuts, the cruelty seems to be the point.
This just seems like a bad idea.