Once Trump insisted, he would “Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts,” but his budgets have consistently proposed reductions in the 60-year-old disability insurance program.
“Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security?” Mick Mulvaney asked in 2017; “I don’t think so” he answered himself. Although the number of recipients of SSDI has been declining since 2014, the average benefit is around $1199/month, and the application process a nightmare.
The current administration is determined both to cut SSDI and make it more difficult to obtain; the new regulation Trump and friends plan for 2020 would, without Congressional approval, allow SSDI to monitor social media to "catch" any SSDI recipient who appears "less disabled" than they claim.
These attacks on the privacy and the financial security of the disabled must stop. Let’s tell the White House and our Members of Congress to protect disabled workers who have, like all of us, dutifully paid into Social Security throughout their working lives.
The Trump administration wants to use Facebook and other social media to help identify people who are receiving Social Security disability benefits without being truly disabled.
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