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Social Security Disability and Welfare Challenges with Rachel Greszler

When government programs meet culture issues and human error, the system stays inefficient at best.


Rachel Greszler, senior policy analyst on economics and entitlements at the Heritage Foundation, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss and explain the challenges with social security disability and welfare programs.

She said disability has become more of an unemployment insurance program. “One of the big problems there is the eligibility criteria for disability insurance includes factors that are called medical vocational factors,” she said. “These are simply your age, your skill level, and your education.”

Greszler offers some alternatives and solutions to these programs such as returning to the programs’ original purpose: preventing poverty in case of disability. “If we were to replace that progressive benefit structure instead with a flat benefit and anti-poverty benefit, you could actually solve social security’s short falls.”

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