Citing the fact that the Social Security Disability program has grown exponentially over the last few decades, a few federal lawmakers are proposing a law that would use both incentives and time limits to get some Charlotte, North Carolina, residents who are disabled to look for a job and try to get off the program's payroll.
The lawmakers who made this proposal repeat the often-cited concern that the Social Security program is approaching insolvency. Indeed, the program has gone from costing $20 billion in 1970 to costing $137 billion today. Furthermore, recipients of disability benefits tend not to return to work once they start drawing benefits. In 1982, almost 6 percent of recipients eventually went back to work; that number is less than half of 1 percent today.