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A New Republican Threat To Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

The same party that passed massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy has a new plan to attack and undermine Social Security disability benefits.  This comes in the form of the so-called Return to Work Act. 

Is You Is Or Is You Aint Gonna Get Better?

This proposed law, introduced in both the House of Representative and the Senate, would split Social Security disability beneficiaries into two groups. One would be those disabled persons who are expected to get better. The second would be the disabled for whom no medical improvement is likely.  For those in the first group, the Return to Work Act would be very harmful.

If enacted, the Return To Work Act would put a limit on how long those disabled who are expected to get better could receive benefits. When that time is up, Social Security would take away their monthly checks.  But, so as to show that they are not heartless, the Republicans behind this proposed new law would allow the disabled whom Social Security took benefits from to reapply for those benefits. How generous.

The Problems With This Act Are Obvious

The problems with this act are obvious to anyone not committed to gutting the US Treasury with tax cuts for the rich. First of all, who is going to

SSA's New Medical Adviser

determine who is likely to get better? Is Social Security going to hire a group of Psychics who will read tea leaves or Tarot cards? If this becomes law, I strongly suspect that Social Security would say that all the disabled who are not terminal are going to get better. It's just how Social Security works.

But, when will they get better? Will their health return just in time to coincide with an arbitrary limit set by Social Security? Also, can Social Security handle the crush of people who are forced to reapply for benefits after their time is up? They cannot timely handle the claims already in the system. Finally, what happens to the disabled who reapply and have to wait for 2+ years for Social Security to process their new applications?

Let Them Know You Think This Is A Bad Idea

Do You Ever Do Anything That Is Not Stupid?

If you think this is a very idea, let your Senator or member of Congress know. Maybe they will give up on trying to make the lives of the poor even more miserable and go back to handing out trillions to corporations.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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