When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration’s 2018 budget, Heather Block’s fears quickly turned to outrage.
Block, a 54-year-old former international aid worker from Lewes, Delaware, listened with growing anger as Mulvaney promised to slice $72 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) over the next ten years. The cuts are among $1.74 trillion in social welfare cuts proposed by the Trump administration, a sweeping plan that could kick people like Block off a program, known as SSDI, that keeps her financially afloat.
“Where are the morals of the people going after people dealing with Stage 4 cancer?” recalled Block, who has been on disability for five years after her cancer spread to her liver and lungs. “The people I know, like me, with advanced cancer — we’ve wanted to be in the workplace, but we don’t have that ability now, so this is our income.” Full story here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-cuts-to-a-major-disability-program-within-trumps-budget/