In a perfect world, every Social Security Disability case would be promptly handled and cleared, freeing up officials to work on the next case, and the one after, and the one after that. People would happily accept their SSD benefits and move on, while the system took care of the people that kept applying. However, we don't live in a perfect world. SSDI cases are constantly thrown into backlog, and the number of cases isn't dwindling -- it's only growing.
When a person receives a cancer diagnosis, they can rather quickly experience some big impacts on their life, both from the disease and the treatments. These potential effects include impacts on their work life. A recent study indicates it is not at all uncommon for a person to miss a fair chunk of time from work in the year following a diagnosis.
Who says Democrats and Republicans can't work together? OK, most people agree that bipartisan moments are rare between the two, but the political parties recently struck a budget deal that will raise the national debt limit, increase spending on the military and on nonmilitary programs and spare Social Security disability recipients any cuts in benefits for at least the next two years.