While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't reject everyone, the truth is that the vast majority of people are denied the first time they apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Indeed, as reported in the SSA's 2015 Annual Statistical Supplement - the most recent year available - only 32.2 percent of applicants were approved in 2014, meaning nearly 70 percent were denied disability benefits.
Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a program that provides benefits for workers who have developed a disease or suffered an injury that has left them unable to work. The program has a fairly rigorous application process, with over 70 percent of applicants being denied benefits. Yet the program is being heavily attacked due to growth in the number of recipients of SSDI benefits.