NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 17, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Background to Social Security disability program and problems faced by Congress by government efforts to drastically cut number receiving benefits examined; Social Security `s claim that deceased Nellie Burris is now well enough to work cited as example Burris' health problems leading to her death recalled; Social Security letter informing her of loss of benefits due to good health, noted written after her death. [Lynette BURRIS - condemns government attitude in light of mother's death.] Criticism of government's handling of disability program outlined; several states noted refusing to obey fed. government's order to halt benefits for many recipients. [Governor James HUNT - believes govs. are general united in approach to federal government] North Carolina's situation examined; General Accounting Office and Reagan administration's assessment of disability program compared on screen, discussed. [North Carolina disability services spokesperson Fred BECKHAM - feels many denied benefits are unable to work.] [Social Security spokesperson Lou ENOFF - defs. cutoffs.] Reversal of terminations by review judges cited; Tony Carter's case detailed. [CARTER - recalls government's response to his appeal.] Congress delay in considering legislature pertaining to issue discussed. [Senator Robert DOLE - acknowledges sensitivity of problem.] Chris and Tony Carter's response to his appeal verdict noted. [Chris CARTER - cites emotional impact of situation.]
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson