Claimants for Social Security disability and SSI benefits may not be aware that the evaluation of their claim is not made by the Social Security Administration but rather by a state agency which contracts with SSA; the Disability Determination Service (DDS). The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) recently issued a report evaluating the effectiveness of…
The annual Social Security & Medicare Trustee Report was released at the end of March and the news was mixed.The Social Security retirement trust fund will be unable to pay full retirement benefits, unless something is done to shore it up, in 2033. However, the Social Security disability trust fund is in much better shape.…
Summer 2021 Newsletter STILL STANDING…AND PRACTICING I published the first issue of Social Security & You in Spring of 1993. Some years I’ve published more issues than others. The most recent issue was dated Spring 2019: over 2 years ago. The world was a much different place then. Especially for me. Read the full newsletter…
Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…
After his re-election in 2004, President George W. Bush made reforming Social Security his #1 domestic agenda. He proposed phasing out Social Security in favor of individual retirement accounts that could be invested in the stock market.
Despite a strong push by lobbyists for the investment industry, the support both publicly and in Congress was lacking and the proposal went nowhere.
Now former Vice-President, Mike Pence, who may be taking a run at the Republican nomination for President himself, is raising the issue again.
House Republicans who have taken control of the lower house of Congress have floated the idea of cuts to the popular federal program, despite polling which shows the concept remains unpopular.
Former President, Donald Trump, opposes the idea, stating recently “Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security”.
The Republican Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, supported raising the retirement age for Social Security when he was in Congress.
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