Article in New York Times describes the worsening condition of the Social Security disability system. Some facts from the article: of the cases that are rejected initially, 2/3 of the people that appeal have their claims granted. Since 2000, the backlog of cases on appeal has soared from 311,00 to 755,000. In 2000 the wait for an appeal took 238 days, now the wait is over 500 days.

Many people lose their houses while waiting for their appeal to be heard. Some are kicked out of their apartments. Others die during the wait. Congress passed a bill that would have added more judges to the system, but unfortunately the bill was vetoed.

Addendum:  New York Times editorial about the situation does a good job of tracing the origins of the problems in the system.