“60 Minutes” Rebroadcasts “Disability, USA”On CBS News
“Disability, USA” orginalyly aired on Oct. 6, 2013, on CBS’s 60 Minutes program was rebroadcast on June 29, 2014. It noted that When it began back in the 1950s, the federal disability insurance program was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury.
Today it serves nearly 12 million people – up 20 percent in the last six years – and has a budget of $135 billion. That’s more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. The Social Security Administration, which runs the disability program says the surge in claims is due to aging baby boomers and the lingering effects of a bad economy.