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And when the teapublicans want to cut off general fund dollars for everything except for their own salaries health care and retirement, defense spending, and direct funding to Israel, which is pretty much what they're trying to do now, what do you suppose would happen to the people on SSDI??
If they let SSDI funding laspe like they did the Farm Bill, what do you suppose would happen to the people on SSDI?
Nothing you've posted has indicated how having the SSDI program available is a "drag" on an individual, as Karl claimed. If anything, it's a relief knowing it's there IF they should ever need it.
Oh, and the people on SSDI - would you yank away their Medicare coverage, too?
Posted by BigLib
The law says what will happen if the SSDI Trust Fund doesn't have enough money to meet its obligations - BENEFITS WILL BE REDUCED ! Same with Social Security Trust Fund.
Those on SSDI have to wait for (2) years to get their Medicare benefit and even then it is hard for them to have access to a Medigap policy and they can't get a MA plan either - until they reach 65.
But no matter the rules, if the person has income low enough benefits are provided under Medicaid.
Or if they don't have enough earnings to get a decent SSDI check or SS even, then there is always SSI or equivalent base.
Neither SSI nor Medicaid come from our payroll taxes - these things come from the general fund. There is NO trust fund for SSI or Medicaid.
Who do you think should get SNAP ?
Low income seniors, families and children? OK, at what level of income should it be cut? Should there be an asset test too? What about if they are getting other subsidized programs? Should these specific subsidies be included into their eligibility?
You know, everytime a program of help is put into play, there are decisions to be made as to the best use of the available funds and what the eligibility will be. Sometimes these determinations are rather sticky. This goes for SNAP as well as the subsidies of the ACA, actually any such program where what is given is based income or income and assets.
When a beneficiary of any such (helping) program has to use the value of the benefit in their decision to accept a raise, a promotion, work more jobs or start a side business, a monetary gift or even a financial windfall, then we have a problem with the rules of the program.
We want people to get ahead, we want folks to be self-sufficient and to leave these programs behind when they can so that others who may need them next are helped.
Rule setting for eligibility is kind of tricky in this regards because sometimes it could hinder forward movement depending upon the rules & circumstances.