Feb 19, 2015

Netherlands No Model For U.S. On Disability Benefits

     The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities gives a primer on why the Netherlands probably won't be a model for the United States when it comes to disability benefits. Here's the gist as well as a chart:
 Even after reforms, the Netherlands spends far more than the United States on disability benefits. ...
Until the mid-1990s, the Netherlands spent six to eight times as much on disability programs as the United States, relative to GDP; even now it spends about twice as much.  The gap has shrunk because the Dutch cut spending, not because the United States expanded it.
      If the GOP wants to "reform" U.S. Social Security disability so that it looks like the Dutch program, I'm all in favor. I think such a proposal would get a lot of Democratic sponsors. Bring it on!

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