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Government tells amputee to get a job, as benefits will stop
St. Pete Times ^ | August 28, 2009 | Kameel Stanley

Posted on 08/29/2009 8:26:43 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

TAMPA — Todd Cohen was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1994 when he was 19. The cancer led to the amputation of his right leg.

Since then, Cohen has learned to walk with a prosthesis. He got an education, but he has never held a steady job.

He's gotten by with Medicaid and monthly Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, checks that have ranged from $271 to $650.

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: cohen; medicaid; ssi

1 posted on 08/29/2009 8:26:43 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

If this person is capable of working, then why shouldn’t he?


2 posted on 08/29/2009 8:29:03 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

This has to be a lead-up to a story on how ObamaCare would help this guy...


3 posted on 08/29/2009 8:30:00 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Its also way pass time to stop payments for ADC after the second child.... One mistake, two mistakes is enough NO additional dollars on the 3rd or greater child....
4 posted on 08/29/2009 8:30:26 AM PDT by geo40xyz (BE PREPARED: Geo The Engineer so smart, he doesn't need a TelePrompter to speak. Unlike the AH:-))
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

It sounds like he is ready to brave the world on his own, and I bet a lot of people would be willing to help him help himself.


5 posted on 08/29/2009 8:31:59 AM PDT by pallis
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Patient I’ve got a triple fracture of the right leg, dislocated collar bone and multiple head injuries, so I do most of the heavy work, like helping the surgeon.
Interviewer’s Voice What does that involve?
Patient Well, at the moment we’re building him a holiday home.
Interviewer’s Voice What about the nurses?
Patient Well, I don’t know about them. They’re not allowed to mix with the patients.
Interviewer’s Voice Do all the patients work?
Patient No, no, the ones that are really ill do sport.


6 posted on 08/29/2009 8:32:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Yet my ex-girlfriend’s been living off the public dole for over a year and a half, and hasn’t bothered looking for a job.


7 posted on 08/29/2009 8:34:04 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: pnh102

He sounds perfect for employment at a call center.


8 posted on 08/29/2009 8:35:34 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I know a few severely physically disabled people who not just hold down physically demanding jobs, but also excel at them.

For instance, a one-armed tree trimming owner/operator, also missing half of his remaining hand, who runs chainsaws, machinery, drags brush and outworks all of his young employees.

Another, a midget with bad hips who can barely walk, and blind in one eye, that is the best damn small engine repairman around. We drive 80 miles to have him work on our stuff.


9 posted on 08/29/2009 8:38:48 AM PDT by digger48
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To: pnh102
The key to the story is that this guy was a highschool dropout with no ambition, before he got sick.
10 posted on 08/29/2009 8:38:59 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Why isn’t he working?
My dad lost an arm in WWII and broke his back twice.........never ever was without work.
Losing a leg.......again why isn’t he working?


11 posted on 08/29/2009 8:41:00 AM PDT by svcw (Legalism reinforces self-righteousness - it communicates to you the good news of your own goodness)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

” . . . get a job, as benefits will stop”

And why shouldn’t they stop?

I believe it was Mark Twain who said something to the effect that of all our human drives, laziness was the strongest.

Some other brilliant thinker has also pointed out that the most addictive substance known to man is a monthly check from the government. I would add that these checks are also the most devastating, robbing the addict of both their motivation and their self esteem.

Either this person is not really trying to find work, or he has something else going on. Either way, it is certainly not my concern, worthy of yet more taxes taken from me at the point of a gun. If the person who wrote the article or those who read it feel really sorry for this fellow they are certainly free to support him with their OWN money if they want: But you know they won’t.


12 posted on 08/29/2009 8:43:06 AM PDT by dagogo redux (I never met a Dem yet who didn't understand a slap in the face, or a slug from a .45)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Maybe he should join ACORN?

Then he would get all the free government money he wants without having to work for it!

13 posted on 08/29/2009 8:43:50 AM PDT by Gritty (America needs to go through a certain de-Nazification process -George Soros at Davos, Switzerland)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

A very good friend of mine who has since passed on lost his leg when he was about 17.

He got really drunk and passed out in the backseat of a car overnight while in a position that cut off his circulation. They had to take his leg off, and even with the prosthesis he could still work harder as a roofer than any two guys on the crew. He worked 60 to 70 hours a week and never complained once to anyone I knew.

The only time he really had a problem that I saw was when he was driving a friends Harley his leg fell off and he had to set the bike down, he stopped and it leaned the wrong way on him.

Handicaps are what you make of them.


14 posted on 08/29/2009 8:48:32 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Does his injury prevent him from holding a desk job?Not to sound mean, but he probably could work if he wanted to. One of the top programmers at one of my former shops suffered from a spinal injury that had rendered him a paraplegic. He was wheelchair-bound but showed up every day and loved the work. Maybe this fellow should get some retraining rather than another year of payments.

Whether or not this guy could find a job in this economy is another matter.


15 posted on 08/29/2009 8:50:46 AM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: McLynnan

There are people blogging or posting on the Internet all day who once and while slip up and admit they are on LTD.

If you can work a computer you are employable. End of story.


16 posted on 08/29/2009 8:52:16 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Several handicapped people work in my building. A few of them are in wheelchairs. They are bright and articulate.

Get a job.


17 posted on 08/29/2009 8:53:52 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
***The key to the story is that this guy was a highschool dropout with no ambition, before he got sick. ***

Sounds like my worthless brother-in-law (If you know him he probably owes you money). He hasn't worked since 1980 and draws all sorts of government aid.
He parlayed a high school football injury into a Vietnam war injury and draws vet benefits. Had a private room on his ship in the Navy (the brig), and knows everything! Just ask him. A real jerk!

18 posted on 08/29/2009 8:54:53 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tar and feather the sons of bi#ches! Ride them out of town on a rail!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I’m sure most of the FReepers here have seen the documentary on the girl with no bottom half of her body who enjoyed being an auto mechanic and had a child, to boot. She moved across the floor/road/sidewalk on a roller board and even drove a hot custom Mustang in drag races using hand controls. Handicapped? She just spoke as though she worked around the issue.


19 posted on 08/29/2009 8:54:56 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
One way to cut down on the Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid drain is to ween people like this - including the ‘disabled due to alcohol/drugs...and the new ‘disease de rigure: “Bi-polar” - To be paying these people out of a fund they either paid little or nothing into is theft.

I know too many young to 40 year olds who are perfectly capable of working but are so comfortable on their free income, food stamps (they now get for food than I can spend), TOTALLY free Medicaid - no co-pay, no deduction from from monthly check, no $ out of their pocket, whatever...and they have NO physical disability at all. (Bi-Polar is a real catch all. It can't be proven by any tests. All you need to know is the right answers on the query - and boom - you're home free forever.

There should be a time limitation to these cases. Say, if you're an alcoholic/druggie - you have to attend AA or rehab and work at least part time. You have one year and you're on your own.

My youngest son, at 21, had a lethal form of bone cancer - in his upper arm. AT the time, he was manager of a restaurant.
He went through the cut-burn-poison hell of today's treatments. He couldn't even get any disability THEN.
They told him he likely wouldn't make it, that he'd loose the arm, that he'd likely never have children.

He laughed in their faces.

His arm is a mess of metal and disfigured and always in danger of breaking - The only job he could get when strong enough again was as a dishwasher in a 400-seat restaurant in Florida - with no insurance, even if excluding for cancer.

For the past 15 years, he has been head chef/kitchen manager and he has 3 beautiful children...

This guy in the story - you have two good arms and a head - I don't know about the brain. But he - and millions of others capable of working - need to stop sucking at the teat of tax payers money.

That, Tort reform and elimination of fraud would better solve the money problems of S.C./Medicare/Medicaid. The Socialists know this. But that wouldn't give them control over us. He is a classic example of what the welfare state to often sucks people into - dependency and ‘pity me.

20 posted on 08/29/2009 8:55:30 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
I agree with this decision. His mind is not disabled. He can work at a desk job such as customer service. There are lots of jobs he could take.

I have a brother who is very smart and friendly. He is also a double-amputee (both legs). He gets government assistance (has for many years). I think it is wrong to keep extending these benefits to him. He needs to get a job.

21 posted on 08/29/2009 8:59:41 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: hinckley buzzard

Actually the guy is a art degree graduate of a local college, and has become what all those that take such course aspire to be......

A long suffering starving artist!

From the other parts of the story, I would suggest that he is suffering from pains possibly caused by MRSA, and the drugs he is taking to reduce the pain are not helping him in his quest to seek employment.

In life there are no easy solutions, those solutions become even more scarce when you only turn to the government to provide for you.


22 posted on 08/29/2009 9:00:42 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: digger48

My brother has change the timing belt on his minivan standing up in his wheelchair. He can get around. He also built a raised patio deck, by himself, at the house he is living in, to make it easy for him to get in and out of his minivan.


23 posted on 08/29/2009 9:01:32 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: maine-iac7

What a blessed son.


24 posted on 08/29/2009 9:04:07 AM PDT by svcw (Legalism reinforces self-righteousness - it communicates to you the good news of your own goodness)
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To: pnh102

Our soldiers have limbs blown off defending our freedom’s and peace, so we can continue to sleep peaceful in our beds at night. And THEY GO BACK TO WORK. Run races and marathons. So STFU you frckn cry baby mooch.


25 posted on 08/29/2009 9:04:51 AM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: Freddd

No you pnh, the mooch in the article.


26 posted on 08/29/2009 9:05:19 AM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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27 posted on 08/29/2009 9:07:24 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
There is a thought here no one has been to yet:

liability

I had 2 spinal surgeries in the last 2 years. I am unemployed, going to school for vocational rehab because I qualified and am down to my last 6 months of unemployment compensation insurance payments to me.

IF I try to lift something heavy for work, I am guaranteed that I will speed up the final injury that will send me back for my 3rd surgery, a fusion, which they say I dont need now. I am legally limited to 35 pounds lifting, 75 pounds pushing or pulling. I am refused any repetitive lifting.

This guy with his leg: What are his limits? To read that a one legged man is roofing; it is clear he did not lose his leg at work for he is working to his known limits, not his legal limits.

I can collect disability in a lump sum and take my chances on injuries, but I also lose any future coverage for surgery that I was assured I would need at a later, unknown, date.

And, something else, not everyone works well in an office, that is an easy answer to just blurt out, but try it! The transition from mechanic to Engineer was tough, so tough I decided to go back to being a mechanic again...and that's when I got hurt!

So, anyways, I am going to Electrical Engineering this time, the combination of Mechanical Engineerng and Electrical Engineering, AS degrees, should make me more employable. Lots of experience, lots of training, been around the block a few times...too bad there aint no jobs in Connecticut!

28 posted on 08/29/2009 9:12:30 AM PDT by RaceBannon (OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE IS SHOVEL READY...FOR SENIORS!!:: NObama. Not my president.)
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To: BigBobber
If you can work a computer you are employable. End of story.

Employable is one thing; finding a job is another. :-( (and though to be honest, your statement isn't really necessarily true...what one might not see in a day of posting is that the person is severely narcoleptic, for example, but those are exceptions).

Making him try to find work is long overdue. If the govt had been more of that mindset for decades, we'd be in better financial shape.

I have a friend who got her degree and training in assisting disabled people with finding jobs, etc., but then couldn't get a job doing it. Even though she is a whiz with public transportation, the standard job requirements always said, "must have drivers license," which her disability prevented! She now has set up as a professional psychic.

Another disabled friend of mine couldn't find any job she could do online, so she has started a business doing "distance therapy" with Reiki and other modalities. People send her money via PayPal and she spends an hour sending them healing energy.

29 posted on 08/29/2009 9:19:41 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: RaceBannon
Physically, you may be somewhat limited, but it is apparent your mind is not. I am happy to read your post that you are living within your limitations, and yet you still trying to better yourself, and in turn, make yourself a valuable asset to a future employer. Keep pushing yourself and you will make it. God bless you!
30 posted on 08/29/2009 9:21:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Freddd
Our soldiers have limbs blown off defending our freedom’s and peace, so we can continue to sleep peaceful in our beds at night.

And the worst part is that too many of our soldiers who are injured in such a manner get shafted by GOVERNMENT health care.

31 posted on 08/29/2009 9:33:13 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Abathar
On the way home from the last game of the season, last year one of my daughter's teammates was in a wreck. Just blocks from the softball field a guy ran a red light and hit her side of the car. Crushing her arm which had to be amputated halfway between her wrist and elbow.

Everyone thought that was going to be the end of her softball playing, instead, she was back this year and played one handed. She has also taken up soccer and is phenomenal at it. Not bad for a 12 year old girl.

32 posted on 08/29/2009 9:36:05 AM PDT by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Yet my ex-girlfriend’s been living off the public dole for over a year and a half, and hasn’t bothered looking for a job.

There are millions of Americans out of work...Your lazy x-girlfriend is probably helping someone out by staying out of the job market.

33 posted on 08/29/2009 9:38:39 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: pnh102
If this person is capable of working, then why shouldn’t he?

You going to hire someone like this, and accommodate their needs and many times their heavy luggage, including potential law suits against their employer for not accommodating them in an adequate manner? How about insurance? Who's going to pay if this guys cancer comes back?

34 posted on 08/29/2009 9:42:20 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: digger48
I know a few severely physically disabled people who not just hold down physically demanding jobs, but also excel at them.

I have a friend who has cerebral palsy from birth. She is the administrator of hospital coding for insurance companies. She learned to walk by scooting across the floor on her butt when she was a baby. She learned to speak by loving parents and friends. She attended college and worked harder than anyone I have ever known. She is the sweetest, most caring person who sees the best in everyone. She is a fantastic worker and would never, ever think of asking the government for a cent.

35 posted on 08/29/2009 9:43:02 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
I've never had a computer or programming course in my life, yet, since I got my first computer in the late 70's, I have taught myself a new programming language every couple of years. I can pretty well make a computer do whatever I want it to do.

If this loser has any brains, ambition or talent at all, he could learn to write programs for, say, the iPhone, and sell his work at the Apple AppStore. Mobility is not required for that -- aside from the will to get up off his lazy parasitic butt, and figure out a way to make himself useful.

He gets zero sympathy from me.

36 posted on 08/29/2009 9:48:23 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: dragnet2
You going to hire someone like this, and accommodate their needs and many times their heavy luggage, including potential law suits against their employer for not accommodating them in an adequate manner? How about insurance? Who's going to pay if this guys cancer comes back?

This person is not my problem.

37 posted on 08/29/2009 9:52:28 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Bad Jack Bauer

just WOW - little hero


38 posted on 08/29/2009 12:44:59 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: pnh102
How about insurance? Who's going to pay if this guys cancer comes back?

read post 20

39 posted on 08/29/2009 12:46:45 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: maine-iac7

Wow... your son is pretty cool.


40 posted on 08/29/2009 12:56:58 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

HE Sure is - he works 60-70 hrs a week in a sweltering hot Florida kitchen - in a 400 seat restaurant = but, when you’re the boss, you work salary, not paid by the hour - you know how it is...

He has never gained back the weight that chemo and radiation stripped from him. But he still has that wonderful smile that lights up the room.


41 posted on 08/29/2009 4:10:57 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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