Sometimes there are easy solutions. Sometimes there are only difficult solutions. And sometimes there are no solutions at all. Congress is finding itself in a conundrum. It has broadened the eligibility requires for programs like Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) to the point where the number of beneficiaries has grown by about 8 million people since 1980. The vast majority of this growth was expected and not a surprise, as women entered the workforce, and the baby boom generation aged.
However, this expansion by Congress came with a responsibility. Congress would have to increase funding of the program to make it commensurate with the increasing number of beneficiaries. This has been difficult, as many members of Congress have been reticent to vote for tax increases that would be necessary to achieve this proper balancing of the SSDI's books.