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Our Generation Releases Report: “Social Security Disability Insurance: An Unsustainable Path”

Alexandria VA— Our Generation released an educational paper today showing that the Social Security Disability Program (SSDI) is on an unsustainable path and in dire need of reform.

The SSDI program was established in 1956 and was established to provide monetary benefits to Americans prevented from working as a result of metal or physical disabilities.  The paper finds that the program is failing and recommends reforms.

MacMillin Slobodien, Executive Director of Our Generation said, “Despite its humble beginnings as an insurance plan for long-tenured workers with the misfortune of becoming disabled before retirement, SSDI has ballooned into a $151 billion program rife with waste, fraud and abuse.  This program is in need of reforms right now.  Congress needs to take a look this year at this program to see if it can be saved.”

Findings of the report include:

  • Enrollment in the program spiked in 1984 when SSDI eligibility policies were relaxed;
  • In FY2015, the federal government will collect $116 billion in Social Security taxes for program while spending $151 billion leaving a $35 billion deficit this year in the program;
  • Approximately 9 million disabled workers and 2 million spouses and children per month receive benefits;
  • According to the Social Security Administration, the program is expected to become functionally bankrupt in late 2016; and
  • Reforms are necessary now to rid the program of waste while providing for those in dire need of help.

You can read the report here.

Tax Day: Retirees Weigh In

Survey Results Show Majority Think Taxes Are Too High     Alexandria, VA- Today, on tax day, Our Generation released survey results about retired Americans views on taxes. Over the course of the last several months Our Generation has received over 10,000 surveys  about how retired American from across the country fell about important public… Continue Reading

Forthcoming SSDI Fraud Bust Highlights Need For Reform

Alexandria, VA.- Our Generation highlights a new forthcoming bust of SSDI recipients who reportedly received benefits fraudulently. This bust demonstrates needed reforms to the program. According to a Wall Street Journal news report, “Federal and local investigators plan to arrest 106 people Tuesday as part of one of the largest Social Security disability fraud busts… Continue Reading

“Reform SSDI Now” Releases New Report Exposing the Worst Social Security Disability Insurance Program Scams

Washington, D.C.—Reform SSDI Now, a project of Our Generation, is releasing a new report exposing some of the worst cases of fraud and abuse of our Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The report, 10 Outrageous Examples of Social Security Disability Fraud, outlines some of the most outrageous examples of Social Security disability fraud uncovered… Continue Reading

Coburn on Term Limits

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn was on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday talking about the benefit of term limits for Congress. Members of Our Generation know the benefits first hand. The American population also supports them. Nearly 75 percent of the population supports term limits and 60 percent would vote to remove all members of Congress… Continue Reading

SSDI Improper Payments Highlight Need for Reform

A new report by the Government Accountability Office has reported what most taxpayers already suspected, that the Social Security Disability Insurance Program is rife with waste fraud and abuse. The Huffington Post reported, “Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable… Continue Reading

Alarming Figure about SSDI

Many people go to work every day amid the aches and pains that are the inevitable when getting older.  Many of us also wish we didn’t have to go to work, but we do anyway.  Unfortunately, for some of those who are on federal entitlement programs, they do not place a priority in getting back… Continue Reading

“Reform SSDI Now” Launches National Campaign to Overhaul Broken Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Washington, D.C.—Reform SSDI Now, a new project of Our Generation, is launching an aggressive national campaign to educate Americans about the rising costs of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and how waste, fraud, and abuse are harming taxpayers and jeopardizing this constantly expanding federal entitlement. The campaign is providing citizens with information to understand this… Continue Reading

SS and Unemployment

Many people who are out of work or could lose his or her job may worry how a period of unemployment impacts the Social Security benefits and their retirement security. The NJ Star Ledger has done a wonderful job breaking down the implications of unemployment and SS in a great question and answer piece below:… Continue Reading