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Tue May 29, 2012, 11:45 AM

Social Security Disability Seen Insolvent Unless Congress Votes [View all]

By Brian Faler - 2012-05-29T04:01:00Z

A U.S. government entitlement program is headed for insolvency in four years, and itís not the one members of Congress are talking about most.

The Social Security disability programís trust fund is projected to run out of cash far sooner than the better-known Social Security retirement plan or Medicare. That will trigger a 21 percent cut in benefits to 11 million Americans -- disabled people, their spouses and children -- many of whom rely on the program to stay out of poverty.

ďItís really striking how rapidly this is growing, how big itís become and how D.C. is just afraid of it,Ē said Mark Duggan, a University of Pennsylvania economist and adviser to the Social Security Administration.

Part of the reason for the burgeoning costs is that the 77 million baby boomers projected to swamp federal retirement plans will reach the disability program first. Thatís because almost all boomers are at least 50 years old, the age at which someone is most likely to become disabled.

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