NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 27, 1984
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(Studio) House passage of legislature aimed at helping Social Security disability recipients reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Oftentimes fatal impact of Social Security's suspension of disability payments examined. [PEOPLE - describe deaths of their family member following Social Security cutoff.] [North Carolina Governor Jim HUNT - cites number recipients dying from conditions Soc. Sec. termed non-disabling.] Background to current crisis, with 1980 Reagan admin. order of review , recalled; implications for administration of House action today considered. [Representative Ed JENKINS - laments plight of former recipients.] Review-related statistics listed on screen, discussed. [Bobbie HOOKER - describes husband's suicide over being disqualified.] Basis of Hooker's suit against government explained; number suicides attributed to recipients having been dropped from program noted. [Mrs. John RANKIN - describes husband's heart attack after being dropped by Social Security] [Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret HECKLER - claims problems have been remedied; acknowledges failure of review process.]
REPORTER: Steve Delaney