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Our Generation Applauds Entitlement Reforms in Budget Deal

(Washington, D.C.) – Our Generation applauds the efforts of Congress to pass legislation to fix the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Today, Congress is considering, H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, this legislation includes significant reforms to fix the SSDI program. If this legislation passes, it will be the most significant reform to the Social Security Program since 1983. The bill would put the program on a path toward meeting its financial obligations and making the program solvent, without threatening seniors and the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund.

For nearly three years, Our Generation was the lone voice that in Washington D.C. to compel Congress to reform SSDI in meaningful ways, and now Congress is posed to act. In 2012, Our Generation launched the “Reform SSDI Now” project, an aggressive national campaign to educate Americans about the rising costs of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The program underscored how waste, fraud, and abuse harm taxpayers. The campaign also educated lawmakers and provided citizens with information to understand the crisis and the tools to demand action and real reform from policy makers—including compelling reports on this crucial issue and an online-action center to contact members of Congress and report fraud in the SSDI system.

“It is clear that Congress has heard our calls for reforms, and if this budget deal becomes law, taxpayers across the country win,” said Our Generation Executive Director M. MacMillin Slobodien. “Our Generation applauds the actions of Congress to seek changes that would reform this program in meaningful ways. For the first time in decades Congress has a real opportunity to reform a program that is fraught with waste fraud and abuse and threatens the retirement security of seniors. Our Generation urges Congress to pass this legislation.“

Proposed reforms in the legislation would improve Social Security’s long-term actuarial balance by $168 billion and improve the Disability Trust Fund balance by over six percent. The trust fund was set to run out of money in 2016. Our Generation has advocated for many of the reforms in the proposed. The reforms would:

  • Increase solvency by prohibiting an unconditional bailout of the DI Trust Fund.
  • Combat disability fraud and strengthen taxpayer protections by expanding fraud-preventing Cooperative Disability Investigation unit, prohibiting evidence from sanctioned or unlicensed doctors from being used to determine eligibility; creating new felony charges for conspiracy to commit Social Security fraud; and increasing criminal and civil penalties for those in positions of trust who defraud Social Security
  • Increase oversight by requiring medical experts review all disability cases before awarding benefits and ensuring the nationwide consistency and integrity of the DI program by making it clear that disability examiners cannot award benefits if a physician or psychologist has not signed off on the case.
  • Close costly, unintended Social Security loopholes that grow spending.
  • Increase work incentives
  • Improve solvency by not allowing re-allocations from the OASI trust fund to SSDI trust fund, making SSDI meet its obligations through 2022.

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

CBS’s 60 Minutes Covers SSDI Reform

If you were watching 60 Minutes last night you would not have missed their excellent expose on the growth of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. In fact, the report highlighted the fact that the programed has exploded in size in the last six years and could very well be the first federal program to… 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