On Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would encourage Social Security recipients who have recovered form an illness or injury to get back to work. Rubio along with Senators Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Mike Lee from Utah says it’s a measure to save Social Security from Bankruptcy.
The Return to Work Act of 2017 would requires disability determiners to classify new beneficiaries based on whether medical improvement is expected. Beneficiaries who are expected to recover would be given a timeline and additional resources to obtain employment while on Disability. Those same beneficiaries would also be able to re-apply if they have not recovered. Beneficiaries who are not expected to recover will have no timeline for program participation.
“Social Security Disability Insurance is supposed to be a safety net for people with disabilities,” said Rubio. “However, rampant abuse, lax enforcement and insufficient accountability have enabled this program to grow unchecked and prevented many people from going back to work.”
The trio adds that the Social Security’s Disability Insurance program has grown more than six-fold from $20 to $137 billion since 1970.
“We can’t keep stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund to bail out the Social Security Disability Insurance system,” said Lee. “We need real reforms that will both make it easier for recovering Americans to return to work and make the program solvent.”