The Argentinian government canceled disability pensions for more than 150 thousand people, the TeleSUR pan-Latin American television network reported on June 14.
Guillermo Badino, the President of the National Pensions Commission, said that the government intends to reduce the budget deficit, even if it means canceling pensions. “We have canceled disability pensions to those who simply have a certain degree of disability but who are not to the completely or permanently disabled”, said the official. “For example, a person with Down syndrome is not qualified to receive a disability pension because of inability to work.”
Mauricio Macri, the President of Argentina, restored the 1997 decree in order to justify the cancellation of 170 thousand disability pensions. According to this decree, a person must have at least 75% disability to receive assistance from the government. The Ministry of Social Development is using these criteria as a basis for its revision of the pension system.
More than 70,000 people who are unable to work and receive support from the government have been left without means of subsistence for the past three months. The Argentine government also stopped issuing medications and prostheses to disabled people. The government decided to reduce subsidies to pensioners in February in order to save money for the budget.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency