Why is the GOP going after Social Security?
A rule change adopted by the new Republican Congress could end up cutting back Social Security Disability Insurance program benefits.
“Most of us are too young to remember when growing old in America almost inevitably meant a miserable descent into poverty, but until the middle of the 20th century, that’s what it was.”
Social Security keeps 25 million elderly Americans out of poverty, so why are Republicans once again trying to kill it?
The current controversy revolves around a rule change Republicans made as soon as the new Congress was sworn in this month. Social Security is actually two separate programs, Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), and the much smaller Disability Insurance program (DI). The disability program will be facing a funding shortfall next year, and to ensure that disabled people continue to get all their benefits, Congress would have to move some money from OASI into DI. This isn’t anything new — it’s been done many times in recent years.