Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are currently debating how to balance the federal budget, and some suggest that the only way to reduce our deficit is to cut spending on federal programs. Officials are still discussing which programs to cut, and there are those who suggest cutting Social Security disability benefits funding because of accused waste and fraud.
Critics of the program cite rising costs and the claim that non-disabled Americans are receiving disability benefits. Those who suggest cutting funds that help disabled Americans are not considering the whole picture. Social Security benefits are a lifeline for people who are unable to work, and targeting those people will not eliminate their need.
If disabled Americans can no longer gain financial assistance from a program they paid taxes into for years, then they may be forced to rely on other programs such as welfare. These people may not be able to pay their rents or mortgages, which could hurt the economy in other large ways through evictions, foreclosures and bankruptcy. The Social Security Administration, as with all other government entities, could always improve its practices and cut unnecessary spending, but not at the expense of the people who rely on it.
If you have questions about applying for disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney for a free consultation to discuss your situation. We can also be reached by phone at (918) 587-0050.