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January 28, 2015

Reducing Disability Rolls: The Rand Paul Way and the Federal Reserve Board Way

The Republican Congress decided to make overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business. On the first day of the new session, it put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address the shortfall the program is projected to face sometime next year. Republican leaders like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) justified this change by insisting that half the people getting disability had the sort of back aches and occasional anxieties that we all face. The difference is that they get checks from the government rather than working. For this reason, Rand argued the program is in serious need of reform. As several analysts quickly pointed out, there is no basis for Paul's assertion.

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