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Okay, #YangGang, listen up, because I asked @AndrewYang about this detail. When it comes to disability, there are essentially two programs: SSDI and SSI. The former is contribution-based and the latter is income-based. SSDI will exist on top of the Freedom Dividend. SSI will not.
If you have a disability ♿ and you're among the 20% of that population receiving 💵 because of it, here's how Yang's UBI could affect you: Let's say you're receiving $1,300 in SSDI right now + $500 in SSI + $100 in SNAP. Opting into the FD would mean $2,300/mo instead of $1,900.
This is an important design detail because the average SSDI payment for disabled workers is $1,235/mo, and the average SSI payment is $566/mo. Stacking the larger payment and replacing the smaller payment means Yang’s Freedom Dividend is a *net boost* for most with disabilities.
Those with disabilities (and their advocates) need to understand that Yang's UBI plan won't only not leave them worse off, but will leave them better off. Those claiming he wants to replace everything are lying to you. He wants Medicare for All + UBI with extra for the impaired.
Also, I've not yet written an article about why unconditional basic income is so important for everyone with any kind of disability, but this previous thread of mine is essentially the core of such an article. Disabilities demand an unconditional floor.

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