Failure to address the gap between spending and revenue could result in an immediate 19 percent cut to all workers with disabilities, and a 20 to 30 percent across-the-board cut to retirees.
Sadly, instead of identifying solutions to prevent depletion of the trust funds, many commenters have relied on myths and half-truths to avoid having a conversation about the necessary choices.
(August 5, 2016, Rochester, NY) — When he was interviewed for an article about advice for dating with an STD, program coordinator Roscoe Skinner, Jr.
of NBLCA’s Rochester affiliate debunked a common myth.
In this paper, we identify eight such myths – though there are many more: Update 8/17/2015: The original version of this paper described the changes needed to fix Social Security as “modest” while describing the changes that could gradually take place over time.
We've updated the language to “incremental” for clarity.
“Getting tested doesn’t mean you’re promiscuous,” he said.
August 14 marks the 80th birthday of the Social Security program, which was established in the Social Security Act of 1935.
“I’ve been doing this since 1999 and we still have the same stigma for people who come to the STD clinic to get condoms,” Skinner said.
He thinks education is the key to breaking through that stigma.
Over the past 80 years, Social Security has provided important cash benefits and income security to seniors, survivors, individuals with disabilities, and their families – including to nearly 60 million people today.
Yet Social Security is on a financially unsustainable course – and is not on track to be able to pay full benefits through its 100th birthday.