Proposed Cuts to Disability Programs Strike Home

When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration’s 2018 budget, Heather Block’s fears quickly turned to outrage.

Block, a 54-year-old former international aid worker from Lewes, Delaware, listened with growing anger as Mulvaney promised to slice $72 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) over the next ten years. The cuts are among $1.74 trillion in social welfare cuts proposed by the Trump administration, a sweeping plan that could kick people like Block off a program, known as SSDI, that keeps her financially afloat.

“Where are the morals of the people going after people dealing with Stage 4 cancer?” recalled Block, who has been on disability for five years after her cancer spread to her liver and lungs. “The people I know, like me, with advanced cancer — we’ve wanted to be in the workplace, but we don’t have that ability now, so this is our income.” Full story here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-cuts-to-a-major-disability-program-within-trumps-budget/

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