To say that the debate over the future of American Social Security Income and Social Security disability is raging would be an understatement. People around the commonwealth of Pennsylvania are up in arms because of reports that, by the year 2013, Social Security disability claimants may have no funds from which to receive remuneration. If this actually occurred, it could mean major difficulties for anyone who becomes disabled.
Traditionally, those receiving Social Security disability could expect to receive benefit payments to cover their basic expenses. Thus, despite their inability to perform general work or common life functions, they would not be forced into poverty, homelessness or bankruptcy. For many, Social Security disability is a small-sized sum that barely covers their mounting bills; figures indicate that men typically receive around $1,400 per month, and women average just under $1,100. Without a Social Security disability cushion, thousands of Americans — including those from Pennsylvania — could find themselves facing serious debt.
Though 2035 seems far away, 2016 is not. That’s the year that Social Security Disability Insurance is set to incur serious cutbacks. It’s a disastrous thought for millions of people who rely on this form of government assistance to help them maintain their lifestyles, or have been paying toward it via their paychecks with the understanding that it will be available when they need it.
The resolution to the Social Security disability conundrum is not cut-and-dry. Yet it must be sought for the program is to continue. Whether different funding sources need to be sought or current funding streams allocated, it’s up to politicians to defend the rights of the individuals of this country who use or will need to use Social Security disability benefits.
Source: Reuters, COLUMN-Disability is the other Social Security fight we need to have now, Mark Miller, Sept. 5, 2013