The current federal disability system is broken and desperately needs reform. The program has diverged from its original design as a safety net for the permanently and severely disabled, instead becoming a lifestyle for too many adults with manageable work limits. While many of these recipients have substantial disabilities, many individuals have much more manageable work limitations and are more work-capable in the modern American economy.

With a growing and diverse economy and a work environment that is accepting of the disabled, there is no better time than now to make significant changes to the disability insurance program, ensuring resources are preserved for the truly needy.