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Report: Millions of jobless file for disability when unemployment benefits run out
Fox News ^ | 2/19/12

Posted on 02/19/2012 10:19:32 AM PST by Libloather

Report: Millions of jobless file for disability when unemployment benefits run out
Published February 19, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Being unemployed for too long reportedly is driving people mad and costing taxpayers billions of dollars in mental illness and other disability claims.

The New York Post reported Sunday that as unemployment checks run out, many jobless are trying to gain government benefits by declaring themselves unhealthy.

More than 10.5 million people -- about 5.3 percent of the population aged 25 and 64 -- received disability checks in January from the federal government, the Post wrote, a 18 percent jump from before the recession.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benefits; disability; jobless; unemployment
driving people mad

Occupy freeloaders can get a check in the mail.

1 posted on 02/19/2012 10:19:41 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

All part of Barry the Kenyan Guy’s “Hope and Change” program. When unemployment runs out, the next step is disability. What a country! Ain’t this Nanny State crap grand?!


2 posted on 02/19/2012 10:25:31 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (You can only shovel so much crap into a melting pot before you have nothing but a pot full of crap.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It wouldn’t surprise me if they are encouraging people to do this BEFORE their unemployment benefits run out just to get the unemployment numbers down.


3 posted on 02/19/2012 10:29:37 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This administration has depressed me enough that maybe I could apply for disability on that basis?


4 posted on 02/19/2012 10:30:32 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Libloather

http://www.youtube.com/socialsecurityonline#p/u/11/hJPqrVVtjNE


5 posted on 02/19/2012 10:34:36 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Libloather

I have a friend who is a Wisconsin Workers Compensation judge. He told me recently that he is seeing a lot of younger workers coming in for hearings on their WC claims that are already on Social Security disability. This is new in two ways, more young as these people were usually older in the past and second, they already are on it. Usually WC claim hearings come before one gets S.S. disability so, it looks like SS is fast tracking disability claims—being very generous and very fast compared to the past.

This is bad news to working taxpayers as the SSDI fund is broke and is now tapping the federal general revenues to pay claim. More federal debt and spending.


6 posted on 02/19/2012 10:37:15 AM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: Libloather

I’m sure many people are legitimately “disabled” but for a large segment of the population disability is just another path to getting money for doing nothing.


7 posted on 02/19/2012 10:38:22 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Libloather

Greece is just around the corner, isn’t it?


8 posted on 02/19/2012 10:41:49 AM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: RicocheT

I actually think that once some people start getting unemployment benefits, they think “Hey, this is great!” and start looking for ways to keep it coming. This is especially true for people who are at the low end of the wage scale anyway and have had to bust hump to make even $40K per year. For them, SSDI is the path of least resistance.

My wife’s best friend’s husband is an SSDI lawyer. He always has this smirk on his face when he says business is booming.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 10:48:58 AM PST by rbg81 (scillian's)
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To: Libloather

When is the Regime going to start running commercials advertising the availability of SSDI?


10 posted on 02/19/2012 10:52:04 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody
When is the Regime going to start running commercials advertising the availability of SSDI?

No need for that since the legal firms chasing these cases seem to be buying plenty of time to advertise.

11 posted on 02/19/2012 11:01:13 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Libloather
Good grief..I'm missing an arm since 15 and now in my 50`s...an I'm not on disability........,.fyi...
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I've been told my face by employer they would never hire me because...I've been told by managers they would never promote me in to a position because.....I've been told by a union shop stewed i was to fool for working and not milking the system because...and ive been told by leftest that I need / should be on the government dole full time and not work because...........and I make 6 figures on a tech school education.....i guess im the 1%
12 posted on 02/19/2012 11:05:33 AM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Libloather
and America takes another one in the........

13 posted on 02/19/2012 11:25:40 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mamelukesabre

Depression caused by 99 weeks of unemployment = disability?


14 posted on 02/19/2012 11:34:58 AM PST by tbw2
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To: Libloather

Well, guilty as charged your honors. Of course, it took two strokes and congestive heart failure to “become” disabled, but I am one of the statistics. Minding my own business, went back to school for my teaching certificate and the next thing I know I wake up in the hospital.

I felt bad applying, too, let me tell you. Until I went to the local Social Security office to do so. Not meaning to stereotype but I thought I was on the wrong side of town and at the welfare office. Thought maybe some of them were there to get a replacement card until you hear them ask for disability paperwork.

This one girl with no visible disability and only 20 told the SS worker that she’d never worked a day in her life and that she couldn’t work ever. Funny but it hadn’t prevented her from procreating as she had two toddlers in tow.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 11:38:03 AM PST by RonInNaples
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To: Libloather

Not much of a surprise.

Turn on Jerry Springer or similar daytime program.

Half the adverts are SSDI attorneys.

“You’ve paid into the system all your life, now’s the time to collect what you’re due”

“No fee until your case is settled”


16 posted on 02/19/2012 11:42:50 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Chode

I’ve got to wonder; you have been posting that big red X for months now. Does it possibly mean something?


17 posted on 02/19/2012 11:45:57 AM PST by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer)
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I’m going to give many of these people the benefit of the doubt. During good economic times truly disabled people are able to work because the labor market is easy to get a job and many times employers must overlook disabilities in order to fill the job openings.

Now in this market employers, if they have job openings, can be extremely picky. A disabled person isn’t going to be hired even if they do want to work. Often times disabled people are less productive (no fault of their own) and so are also the first to be let go.

Millions of people are giving up on the economy and retiring earlier, taking the disability when they never did before etc...

The underlying question is: “does a good economy create jobs?” or “do companies hiring create a good economy?”.

If there was no social security nor disability or anything else these people have to take jobs to feed themselves. This would depress wages for generations to come. Why would your company keep you one if they could replace you with an equally qualified person willing to work at 1/5 of your salary?


19 posted on 02/19/2012 11:57:29 AM PST by RC51
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To: DouglasKC

Know someone who claims mental disability. She told me how to game the system as she was working out in the gym while using her iPad.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 11:58:28 AM PST by Josa
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To: RicocheT

And we know that there are doctors out there that are blatantly willing to lie—it’s part of the record of the Wisconsin protests.


21 posted on 02/19/2012 12:11:06 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: Libloather
Same thing happened with the welfare reform act, millions were moved from welfare to ssi and the politicians claimed a great victory.
22 posted on 02/19/2012 12:27:02 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Libloather

Taxpayer funded unemployment benefits are the new temporary welfare.

Taxpayer funded disability benefits are the new permanent welfare.

The are lawyers who specialize in getting folks on disability. And they are good at what they do.


23 posted on 02/19/2012 12:28:53 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Libloather

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”


24 posted on 02/19/2012 2:54:33 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Obama reelection means the end of America.)
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To: Libloather
More:

ART CASHIN: The Unemployed Are Now Going On Disability And It's Costing The Government Billions

25 posted on 02/19/2012 3:54:25 PM PST by blam
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To: Libloather

There are the people missing from the job pool!


26 posted on 02/19/2012 3:57:19 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: RC51
I’m going to give many of these people the benefit of the doubt.

18% increase in what is supposedly a shrinking labor pool? Next thing Unicorns fly out of Obama's a$$.

27 posted on 02/19/2012 4:02:44 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: tophat9000

And for those who choose SSD, it is barely enough to pay the rent and the rest of the week they spend their time chasing after the food bank and community free meals from various churches and the Salvation Army.

I would certainly tell them to find work close to home to begin with, then find your American dream and live it, you can have it all or at least have some satisfaction in pursuing life close enough to match your god given talents.


28 posted on 02/19/2012 4:18:55 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Josa

Yep, know one who told me he didn’t dare take any more work hours and enjoys working in a place meant for folks with disability, because of the disability for a nervous break down, and they would cut him off if he worked too much.


29 posted on 02/19/2012 4:30:18 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: RonInNaples

Yep, seen 3 young men running around town as if they had no care in the world, enjoying all of life’s freebies thanks to more Government handouts, I assume they were recovering alcoholics or drug addicts, and I do have some sympathy, but it wouldn’t be a life times’ worth, and it ends after too many “slips”.


30 posted on 02/19/2012 4:39:34 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Libloather

Locally we have three lawyers with TV ads soliciting disability claims

The lawyers are being paid to do it and make it legal

Until we exterminate the lawyers, no money is safe


31 posted on 02/19/2012 4:43:06 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Libloather

claim disability benefits?
congratulations! you are now volunteered for the new soylent green farm!

brought to you by Obamacare.


32 posted on 02/20/2012 12:28:07 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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