Trump’s Cuts To Social Security Benefits Would Save Less Than $1B Over 10 Years
The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to social security benefits would save less than $1 billion over 10 years and could see thousands of Americans lose their disability benefits, prompting widespread criticism, according to Newsweek.
Regulations.gov has received 56,428 comments about the rule change and published more than 71,000, many of which are critical of the idea.
Nearly 10 million people receive Social Security Disability Insurance Program payments nationwide, while more than eight million receive Supplemental Security Income payments.
Under the new proposals, the disability reviews to check whether a person is eligible for disability benefits would become more frequent in many cases.
Americans who receive payments are divided into three categories for disability reviews: Medical Improvement Expected (MIE), Medical Improvement Possible (MIP), and Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE). The category determines the frequency of checks.
The administration proposed adding a fourth category, Medical Improvement Likely, which would lead to 2.6 million more reviews conducted between 2020 and 2029, and a $2.6 billion drop in benefit payments over the same period. However, the extra reviews are forecasted to cost $1.8 billion.
A spokesperson for Social Security Works confirmed that it and other progressive advocacy groups had encouraged activists to write letters about the new rule.
“An attack on any part of Social Security is an attack on the entire system,” the Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson said in an emailed statement.
“These rule changes are designed to take Social Security benefits away from some of the most vulnerable people in our country, including children. When the Reagan Administration implemented a similar policy, hundreds of thousands wrongly lost their benefits. Many of them died, several by suicide,” Lawson said.
Lawson then noted that the Reagan administration suspended its policy in the wake of public backlash, suggesting that a similar outcry was needed against the Trump administration’s proposed rule change.
“We encourage everyone to submit comments and contact their members of Congress to ask them to speak out against this attack on Social Security,” Lawson said.