Last month, the new, Republican-led session of the House of Representatives
shocked everyone by taking aim Social Security disability insurance (SSDI).
The new bill, which has passed, stops all replenishing funds reallocated
from the Social Security retirement fund. The bill instantly stirred controversy
and has mobilized Democratic lawmakers who are decrying the new policy.
The reasoning for the new changes were cited as suspicion of fraud by many
SSD beneficiaries, but political analysts are positing that Republicans
have greater designs for Social Security disability program.
As it stands, numerous reasons have been given for the bill by Republicans.
- That SSDI needs to be halted protect it from fraud
- That the Social Security retirement fund needs to be protected
- That SSDI is a failing program and a burdensome expense on taxpayers
However, as a recent
Talking Points Memo cites
, SSDI pays out far less than the Social Security retirement program does.
Annually, SSDI pays about $140.1 billion to disabled Americans while the
retirement program pays a whopping $672.1 billion. The Center for Budget
and Policy Priorities even states a single tax money reallocation to SSDI
before 2016 would sustain the program for another thirty three years.
Why the SSDI Changes Now?
Political analysts have a number of theories explaining this attack on
the Social Security disability program: it could be an effort to eventually
privatize the program or it could be a move for political leverage in
anticipation of the 2016 elections. Meanwhile, as the same
Talking Points Memo article notes, without a change from this new policy, the SSDI fund will
be unable to pay all its current beneficiaries by next year.
Whatever the case may be, this type of political strife has negative effect
on millions of disabled Americans who rely on SDDI and puts their future
benefits at risk. Our team at Coats & Todd has seen countless times
what a positive difference Social Security disability benefits have made
in the lives of deserving, disabled workers. We will continue to follow
this issue and, more importantly, exhaust every possible avenue in recovering
the SSDI benefits our clients need.
If you are currently struggling to receive Social Security disability benefits,
then we invite you to call our offices today. A dedicated and compassionate
Dallas SSD lawyer is ready to offer a
free case evaluation.