It is almost impossible to believe, yet true: the backlog of people waiting for their Social Security disability hearing has reached almost one million. That number is shocking for several reasons. First, it's hard to believe that something like one out of every three hundred or so Americans is trying to get disability. That just seems too high, But, if we take that number as accurate, it suggests that something has to be done. The people waiting for hearings are often in dire straits. A claimant cannot work while waiting for his or her hearing, How many people can go an entire year (or longer) without income? It seems to me that such a system is especially hard on those claimants were already the working poor. There are no easy solutions to this astounding backlog, but I don't see how this can go on.