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The Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

The Diane Rehm Show

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Social security disability insurance currently pays monthly benefits to 11 million Americans. But a financial shortfall in the program could slash those benefits by 19 percent next year. A battle is brewing between the White House and Republican lawmakers over replenishing the disability fund. We take a look at disability benefits, politics of the program and what changes might come.


  • Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
  • Rebecca Vallas, director of policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.
  • William Hoaglandsenior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former top aide to Senator Bill Frist.
  • Mary Agnes Careysenior correspondent at Kaiser Health News.