The Obama administration’s FY 2016 budget proposes a temporary transfer of payroll tax revenues from the Social Security retirement program to the Social Security disability program, which otherwise would become insolvent in 2016.
The budget states that this step is designed to buy time “while a longer-term solution to overall Social Security solvency is developed with the Congress.” I sure hope so. The budget does include a number of trial programs to help workers with disabilities remain on the job rather than going on DI benefits, from which they are unlikely ever to emerge.
But I’ve not heard much about developing fully-fledged reforms to actually address the DI program’s very serious funding and structural issues. Congress might take up some of the administration’s proposals, extending or expanding them if they prove promising. But if this is merely an effort to delay dealing with the DI program’s problems, Congress shouldn’t play along.