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"I oppose the proposed rule change that will result in hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries losing their earned Social Security benefits."


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We should be making it easier for workers to claim the Social Security benefits they’ve earned with every paycheck, not harder. So why has the Trump administration proposed a new rule that’s designed to rip benefits away from hundreds of thousands of Americans with disabilities? That’s the Republican strategy. (And perhaps Joe Biden's approach; see background link below.) 

While Social Security is best known as a retirement program, disability and survivors' benefits are essential parts of it too. That’s why we’re rallying our allies across the country to push back against this proposed rule change and potentially to save the lives of thousands of people.

Click here to submit an official comment and stop the Trump administration’s cruel policy before it’s implemented.

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We know what the effects of the Trump proposal would be, because Ronald Reagan implemented a very similar benefit cut back in the 1980s. And Reagan’s policy ripped away benefits from 200,000 Americans with disabilities.

The Trump administration proposal would require millions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries to re-prove their eligibility for benefits as often as every six months—far more frequently than is currently the case.

The New York Times reported that during the Reagan administration “people with obvious physical and mental disabilities” lost their benefits “without having been interviewed” by the Social Security Administration. This led to the loss of 21,176 lives of people who relied on their Social Security benefits to survive.

And, while Reagan was eventually forced to reverse his attack on Social Security after massive public outcry, the Trump administration is bringing back this cruel policy with no regard for history or human life.

There is no justification for this policy. The United States already has some of the strictest eligibility criteria for disability benefits in the world. More than half of all claims are denied.

We must stop Trump’s plan. The Social Security Administration is collecting comments on the proposal until the end of this month. Click here to submit your official comment today.

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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
>> Bern Notice: "Bernie Slams Biden For Trying to Cut Social Security"
>> Common Dreams: "Trump’s Budget Director Reveals Plans to Attack Social Security and Medicare"
>> Philadelphia Inquirer: "Trump Administration Proposes Social Security Rule Changes"
>> New York Times: "Reagan Suspends Benefits Cutoff"

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