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CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 06, 1982
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Charlotte, North Carolina) Concern over Social Security's discontinuation of many disability payments allegedly without proper review of individual cases examined. [Former disability RECIPIENTS - comment on their situation.] [Deputy Social Security commissioner Paul SIMMONS - agrees that situation is distasteful, but cites savings.] Annie M. Jolly's disability due to degenerative spine disease and Social Security's discontinuation of her benefits examined. [JOLLY - reads government letter; questions future.] [Dr. Carmine DALTO - notes Jolly's full disability.] [SIMMONS - claims his family doctor would have declared him disabled if he had asked.] [Donna MONTGOMERY - notes degradation of experience.] Congress said considering easing situation due to documentary evidence indicating that some of those cut off have died of diseases which Social Security claims are not disabling. [SIMMONS - denies supporting cruel system.] [JOLLY - implies suicide.]

Rabel, Ed;
Rather, Dan

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