Budget proposal calls for cuts in Social Security

The Republican leadership in Congress has called for a budget that would include cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security. As some Stockton, California, residents may recall, the current President stated in last year's campaign that he had no intention of cutting entitlement programs.

The budget will make $200 billion overall cuts in so called "mandatory programs," of which Social Security disability benefits, including both SSDI and SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, are a part. Supposedly, the budget is designed to set up a tax reform and ensure that such a reform would be feasible.

The proposal is not necessarily getting universal applause from Republicans. Although some are likely to favor the proposal as a means of reducing the size of the government and, correspondingly, the size of the national debt, others may remain a little uneasy over the prospect of cutting back entitlement programs which people rely on.

Moreover, as many Californians probably know, the disability system is already strapped for resources. Wait times for appeals and applications are very long, and there are more and more people who are receiving or applying for benefits.

For his part, the President largely left Social Security intact, at least with respect to retirement benefits. Even the President's budget proposal, however, included cuts to SSI and SSDI benefits, meaning disabled people could under the President's plan find it more difficult to get the help they need to stay afloat.

There will no doubt be continued political wrangling over what to do about Social Security in the next budget. Disabled people and those contemplating filing for disability should pay careful attention to these developments.

Source: The Atlantic, "House GOP budget plan cuts Medicare and Social Security," Priscilla Alvarez, July 18, 2017.

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