Capitol Hill Briefing

Rising Costs of Social Security Disability

August 20, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Tad DeHaven, Budget Analyst, Cato Institute; and Jagadeesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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The two main federal disability programs have experienced rising enrollment and soaring spending in recent years. Indeed, combined outlays on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income have roughly doubled over the last decade to more than $200 billion annually. The programs distort the economy and are adding to the federal government’s fiscal crisis. Cato senior fellow Jagadeesh Gokhale and budget analyst Tad DeHaven have published recent studies on the programs, and they will discuss the causes of recent spending growth, distortions created by the programs, and prospects for reform.