Feb 17, 2015

Cutting Social Security Disability Will Be Tough

     The "Monkey Cage" at the Washington Post details some of the reasons why "reform" of Social Security disability, if "reform" means cutting, will be almost impossible. Maybe the most important reason listed is that there's no constituency lobbying for cuts in Social Security disability. The only ones lobbying for cuts are a few "scholars" at "think tanks" and the right's Social Security "scholars" are an unimpressive group.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good article. While it discusses that the opposition, like disability groups and AARP, are united against "reform," it doesn't even mention other opponents like insurance companies and hospitals. LTD companies and hospital groups, who are well funded and influential, don't want to lose their SSD coordination.

Anonymous said...

one group in favor of cutting SS...

Taxpayers. Most people are in favor of cutting taxes. Reducing benefits should come with reduced taxes.

Anonymous said...

@3:51 taxes need to be increased, on the wealthy, before our country literally crumbles. If you want low taxes move to the third world.

Anonymous said...

@3:51: When people are asked in polls if they support SS tax increases if necessary to prevent SS cuts, a majority support tax increases.

Most people know that taxes are necessary, and so they're not always in favor of cutting taxes, especially for popular programs like Social Security.

Anonymous said...

Social security is just about moving money from me to my father or grandmother, or in-laws.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:18
It is more accurately about transferring money from the SS trust fund and its beneficiaries, to pay for other government expenses.

Anonymous said...

The Social Security retirement and disability programs have saved an enormous number of Americans from abject poverty. There are few people who don't know a friend or family member who has needed it at some time. Anyone who schemes to cut either one of these popular programs is seriously out of touch with the will of the American people.

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