Social Security Disability Insurance is not a welfare program. It is a social insurance program that works for people who have paid into the system over the course of many years. The program is meant to protect against a risk that one day an employee’s body will fail him or her and leave him or her unable to hold a job.
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed $72.5 billion in cuts to SSDI and the Supplemental Security Income program, which is another program for disabled people. The White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, called the program “very wasteful.”
SSDI serves people who are desperately injured or sick. Its beneficiaries have a mortality rate that is triple that of other people their age, and one-fifth of men and one-sixth of women on the program die within five years of first receiving benefits.