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In the 1980's, in a budget crisis much like today's, Ronald Reagan's Administration saved a great deal of entitlement money by throwing more than half a million people, and their families, off of Social Security Disability benefits. Recently disabled by MS, I was one. This process, called a "Review," never ended for many. I fought my way through every step of the review pr In the 1980's, in a budget crisis much like today's, Ronald Reagan's Administration saved a great deal of entitlement money by throwing more than half a million people, and their families, off of Social Security Disability benefits. Recently disabled by MS, I was one. This process, called a "Review," never ended for many. I fought my way through every step of the review process for six years. When my benefits were reinstated, I was one of only six percent to get all the way through the "Review" process into Federal District Court, and one of only three percent to have my benefits reinstated through this route.. With a BA in American Studies and an MFA in Fiction Writing, I set out to research the "Reviews." This book combines the progress of my personal story with quotes from articles in New York area newspapers and national magazines. It has an extensive Bibliography. It also uses the words "fascism" and "genocide." This book was free on the internet for many years. On August 9th, 1946, I turn 65, and no longer have to fear the complex Social Security Disability regulations that would have made self-publication a nightmare. Now, it can become available to a wider audience. WARNING: At least four sentences in this book have X rated language.


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In the 1980's, in a budget crisis much like today's, Ronald Reagan's Administration saved a great deal of entitlement money by throwing more than half a million people, and their families, off of Social Security Disability benefits. Recently disabled by MS, I was one. This process, called a "Review," never ended for many. I fought my way through every step of the review pr In the 1980's, in a budget crisis much like today's, Ronald Reagan's Administration saved a great deal of entitlement money by throwing more than half a million people, and their families, off of Social Security Disability benefits. Recently disabled by MS, I was one. This process, called a "Review," never ended for many. I fought my way through every step of the review process for six years. When my benefits were reinstated, I was one of only six percent to get all the way through the "Review" process into Federal District Court, and one of only three percent to have my benefits reinstated through this route.. With a BA in American Studies and an MFA in Fiction Writing, I set out to research the "Reviews." This book combines the progress of my personal story with quotes from articles in New York area newspapers and national magazines. It has an extensive Bibliography. It also uses the words "fascism" and "genocide." This book was free on the internet for many years. On August 9th, 1946, I turn 65, and no longer have to fear the complex Social Security Disability regulations that would have made self-publication a nightmare. Now, it can become available to a wider audience. WARNING: At least four sentences in this book have X rated language.

5 review for America's War on the Disabled: 1975-1992 (a history of Ronald Reagan's Social Security Disability Reviews of the 1980's)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I couldn't put it down. As bad as things seem right now for people with disabilities, they are nowhere as bad as they were during this time period. The historical perspective is valuable for us to understand how we got to where we are now. I couldn't put it down. As bad as things seem right now for people with disabilities, they are nowhere as bad as they were during this time period. The historical perspective is valuable for us to understand how we got to where we are now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

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