Putting TRAC to Work
Office of Senator Coburn
July 18, 2011

Back in Black Plan
By Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, on July 18 made public a massive and detailed proposal aimed at reducing the national deficit. One section of the report focused on a range of problems in the operation of the Social Security Administration, including its management of the massive disability insurance program. The report noted that worries about the administrative challenges raised by this program went back to 1956 when it was created. "Such concerns remain well-placed today," the Coburn analysis continued. "One recent report even concluded that the chance a disability claim is granted or denied is often determined more by the particular judge assigned to handle it than by the facts and circumstances presented in the case. The same report even found disparities within the same SSA hearing offices on which claims should be paid and which should be denied..." TRAC's July 4 report on this issue was cited.

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