There's a Congressional hearing tomorrow on the enormous backlog of Social Security disability claims awaiting adjudication. This afternoon, Social Security adds three extremely rare conditions to its "compassionate allowance" list. The "compassionate allowance" list is and always has been meaningless. It's just a list of rare conditions for which a disability claim would be approved anyway. The list has always been a way of pretending to do something about the backlogs while actually doing nothing of consequence. The compassionate allowance list is just a fig leaf for Social Security and Congress to hide behind. If you work at Social Security and you think otherwise, you either don't understand the situation or you're fooling yourself.