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8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States
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Posted on 07/23/2012 11:47:39 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States By Terence P. Jeffrey July 23, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had more people in them than the number of workers on the federal disability insurance rolls in July.

Virginia, the twelfth most-populous state, had 8,096,604 people in 2011, according to the latest Census Bureau estimate. That would make Virginia’s population about 657,331 less than the number of workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July.

Congress enacted legislation in 1956 to add federal disability insurance to the Social Security system. Over the decades, the number of Americans actually working has dramatically declined relative to the number claiming federal disability insurance payments.

By July 1967, there 74,520,000 Americans actually working and 1,145,663 workers taking disability payments. That made a ratio of 65 actual workers for each worker collecting disability. In July 1987, there were 112,634,000 people actually working and 2,759,852 people collecting disability—a ratio of about 41 actual workers to each worker collecting disability.

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people actually working and 7,442,377 workers collecting disability—a ratio of about 19 to 1.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; checks; crazychecks; disability; gimme; obamanomics; ssi; welfare

1 posted on 07/23/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Now THAT’S what I call “fundamental transformation”!


2 posted on 07/23/2012 11:53:54 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Without the Second Amendment, the other twenty-six will cease to exist.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t understand how so many are able to get on disability. Where I live I understand it is nearly impossible to get it when people are actually disabled. I was told by a doctor’s wife that she has a family member in a wheel chair and cannot get disability. I hear doctors do not want to do the paperwork, etc. It must be easier in other places.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 11:54:20 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Sub-Driver

The disability scam, created by Obama’s permanent depression, compensates people who have run out of unemployment thanks to the wretched economy zero has created.

If we want another 4 years of this cretin permanently destroying and bankrupting America, just do nothing this November.


4 posted on 07/23/2012 11:55:18 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is what Nancy Pelosi and her clone army call “stimulative”....this is what Mitt should call “trickle up poverty”!


5 posted on 07/23/2012 12:00:04 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why Disabilities Are on the Rise
by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
When I started my practice as an arthritis doctor, I hoped I’d be able to prevent disability. I even imagined that some of my patients would no longer need their canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
To some degree, it’s happened. People with some types of arthritis are able to get back to a high or even normal level of functioning after treatment. Most people with canes, however, are stuck with them.
It might seem that modern medicine should be reducing the number of people with disabilities. In fact, the number of disabled persons is actually increasing. Here’s why.

The Aging Population
As our population grows and ages, there are more and more people with disabilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people in the United States with disabilities increased from 44.1 million to 47.5 million between 1999 and 2005. Both numbers represent about 22% of the population.

http://www.planforyourhealth.com/living-healthy/harvard-medical-school-commentaries/medical-myths/commentaryc/Commentary/commentarya/single/show-commentary/why-disabilities-are-on-the-rise/

My husband is on disability due to a near-fatal auto accident nearly six years ago. He recently fell and broke his hip and just had surgery. He is definitely disabled and will not improve much. I blame Obama for a lot of things, but not necessarily the upswing in disability.


6 posted on 07/23/2012 12:01:16 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Sub-Driver

are these people included in the oft cited approximately 8.2% U2 unemployment statistic?


7 posted on 07/23/2012 12:01:40 PM PDT by RC one (this space intentionally left blank)
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To: Tammy8

It’s about the lawyers.

The feds are in bed with these sleazy disability chaser firms. Just watch the ads on Daytime TV.

The deal is the lawyers take a third or more of the benefit from the time of application until the disability is approved and granted. The feds will decline you at least once, and this is the scam that makes it worth the time for the lawyers. Once approved by the feds, the clock stops and the lawyer extracts their fees. I have heard the feds recently are taking as much as two years — do the math on how the longer it takes is beneficial only to the lawyer involved.

What profession are the majority of lawmakers in? Lawyers.


8 posted on 07/23/2012 12:01:55 PM PDT by George from New England (Ecaped CT in 2006, moved to north of Siberia)
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To: Tammy8

“I don’t understand how so many are able to get on disability...”

Here’s a clue. Do you live in a Blue state or a Red State?


9 posted on 07/23/2012 12:04:21 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: George from New England

Lawyers are the commissars of American Socialism.


10 posted on 07/23/2012 12:04:31 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: George from New England

“You’ve paid into the system all your working life.
Now get the benefits you’re entitled to.
No fees until your case settles.”

Most often shown during Springer, Wilkos, and Maury.


11 posted on 07/23/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: DustyMoment

We are on the very road Greece paved the way for, and it’s a rough one. Potholes and cliffs and all. When the foreign loans stop we’re done. Who will bail us out? Nobody would be able were they willing.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 12:13:35 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: George from New England
“The Federal government has capped the amount of money that the disability lawyer can win and periodically updates this amount. In 2010 the maximum allowed is 25% of a Social Security Disability claimant’s back pay or a maximum of $6,000 per case. Do all disability claimants have back pay? Most disability claimants will have a certain amount of back pay due to the length of time it takes the Social Security Administration to process Social Security Disability claims.”

http://www.disabilitybenefitshome.com/disability-benefits-blog/2010/12/how-much-does-a-social-security-disability-lawyer-make/

The lawyers really don't get that much when you figure what they make off tort claims. They make the money off having lots of case claims.

Hire a lawyer to sue someone for most anything and your cost will be far more than the $6k max.

13 posted on 07/23/2012 12:22:11 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Tammy8
I have COPD, Sleep Apnea, asthma and pneumonia scars all over my lungs. My breathing capacity is at 44% of what it should be. And it still took me 6 months and 3 dr visits to be accepted for disability.

How people can get on so easy just because they have run out of unemployment is beyond me. They're just ruining the system for those of us who actually NEED it.

And on top of this there's another darker side. Everyone who's on SS disability, is AUTOMAGICALLY enrolled in Medicare as well so it's a double whammy for the fed budget and the working people who have to pay.

No wonder the entire fed system is going to come down around our heads.

14 posted on 07/23/2012 12:29:26 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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To: Sub-Driver

Easy fix...

If you are so disabled that you can not work, then you should not be allowed to drive. Most of these scammers are claiming ADHD. They should not be driving on those meds.

Driving is a privilege that should be reserved for productive members of society and those retired after leading productive lives.

Revoke their drivers license and do not allow them to register autos. If caught behind the wheel, SSI ends immediately. How many would really be willing to give up their wheels for these scams?

Added benefits: easier commutes for the worker bees with fewer cars on the roads, drop in pollution so better air quality, and less drug dealing.


15 posted on 07/23/2012 12:31:30 PM PDT by anonsquared
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To: Sub-Driver

I’d love to see demographic data on the newly disabled class.


16 posted on 07/23/2012 12:34:20 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Tammy8

My assessment tells me that the SS denies most claims outright as a rule. Here, comes the next step in the process. A multitude of disability claim lawyers who, for a fee, will push you claim through and get it to adjudication. It can take a couple three years, but it’s a lifetime check. A whole industry aimed at putting leeches on the dole...it just takes enough cash to follow through with a shyster lawyer and his Bahamian (or similar) doctor consultant.


17 posted on 07/23/2012 12:34:20 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: FlingWingFlyer

With this great increase of people going on disabilty and hundreds of thousands of baby boomers going on SS, this gives a lie to things are improving.

Are these jobs being restaffed by new hires? If so, they are not new jobs, but only workers in old jobs being replaced.


18 posted on 07/23/2012 12:35:24 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

-———And on top of this there’s another darker side.———

That is the lawyers. Locally there are lawyers advertising for people to come to them to get help with their SS Disability claims. The lawyers are being paid to facilitate the disability scam.

There needs to severe disabling retribution after the election.


19 posted on 07/23/2012 12:35:55 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: George from New England

Actually the max amount a Lawyer can take in a SS disability case is capped at $6000.00. How they make there money is by volume. As almost all cases are turned down on the first try. Then it takes from 12 to 16 months to get a court date. It’s not that easy for any one to get a favorable outcome.


20 posted on 07/23/2012 12:37:58 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: Sub-Driver

Uh oh reference bump and a gratuitous EEEK!


21 posted on 07/23/2012 12:41:08 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am sorry for you and your husbands problems.

I know two people on long term disability. I worked with both of them. One survived stage three colon cancer. He tried to return to work but spent about half the day in the bathroom. The other had a stroke. He has memory issues. I do not believe either of these men are scamming the system.

Good luck, God bless.


22 posted on 07/23/2012 12:42:38 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: anonsquared
The problem with that is not all cases are scams. There is a SS judge in NYC who turns down 97% of claimants that appear before him. If he Oks a claim you can be quite certain that the claimant is really disabled. Most of the news stories concerning this topic are doing what the press always does. Over stating and bloviating to get ratings and sell advertising.
23 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:48 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: anonsquared

I like the way you think.


24 posted on 07/23/2012 12:47:19 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: George from New England

“The deal is the lawyers take a third or more of the benefit from the time of application until the disability is approved and granted.”

That is why anyone with a legitimate disability claim should never go the lawyers route. $ wise, it behooves the lawyers to drag it out long as they can.

If truly disabled, file your own claim, backed up with all possible medical records to substantiate your claim.
I know of one disabled individual filing their own claim and it was approved in less than 90 days from start to finish.

OTOH, if one just files claiming it hurts to work, forgedabodit. Records, records, records, is what matters, little else does.


25 posted on 07/23/2012 12:50:52 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Let me futher clarify. We buy private long term disabity insurance at work. You have the option of paying for it yourself or letting the company pay for it. Both men that are currently on dissability paid for the insurnace themselves. This resulted in them receiving 2/3 of their previous income tax free. If the company had paid the insurance premium, they would have to pay taxes on the benefit.


26 posted on 07/23/2012 12:52:05 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: anonsquared

By your mores and reasoning, the next step will be death camps with leathal injections for those non-productive drones, right.


27 posted on 07/23/2012 12:55:40 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is to easy to qualify, some of these could be doing something.


28 posted on 07/23/2012 12:58:06 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Sub-Driver

The private sector is doing fine!


29 posted on 07/23/2012 1:35:53 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 82)
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To: Tammy8

I suspect that the Social Security Administration has been directed to be quite liberal in allowing people to get on this dole for disability benefits. Every new disability recipient is highly likely to be an 0bama voter, doncha know? The worse part is, once on SSDI, people are unlikely to ever come off the benefits.


30 posted on 07/23/2012 2:02:53 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Tammy8
It must be easier in other places.

This is what community organizers do. Get folks on the government teet.

31 posted on 07/23/2012 2:04:08 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: ilovesarah2012

While I do not disagree with your reasoning about the aging population, those getting social security disability benefits would only be those aged under 65.


32 posted on 07/23/2012 2:05:49 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: NEMDF

It isn’t my reasoning, it’s the doctor’s reasoning who wrote the article. I personally have no idea what disability has expanded so much, but what the doctor wrote makes sense.


33 posted on 07/23/2012 2:07:25 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

While I do not disagree with your reasoning about the aging population, those getting social security disability benefits would only be those aged under 65.


34 posted on 07/23/2012 2:07:40 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Tammy8
it is nearly impossible to get it when people are actually disabled

Thus it is with EVERY policy of the left. They'll claim they intend to help people, but the very people they claim they are helping get excluded while the freeloaders take advantage of the system to live at the expense of others.

Everything about the left is "calling evil good and good evil".

35 posted on 07/23/2012 2:09:09 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver
In related news, Puerto Rico appears to be the capital of disability, with or without the lousy economy...

In 2010, the Social Security Administration awarded benefits in 63.4% of its initial decisions in Puerto Rico, compared with much lower rates elsewhere. In Arizona, for example, benefits were awarded in initial applications in 35.6% of the cases. Nine of the 10 top U.S. zip codes for workers collecting Social Security disability benefits are in Puerto Rico, according to government data.

36 posted on 07/23/2012 2:39:08 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s what I call Obama’s hope and change...I hope I don’t have to work and change my lazy lifestyle.


37 posted on 07/23/2012 3:49:20 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Dysart
When the foreign loans stop we’re done. Who will bail us out? Nobody would be able were they willing.

Yep. Congress and the POTUS have failed to protect America's financial house. Yet, they are the ones we hired to do just that.

When the fall campaign kicks into high gear in a couple of months, Congresscritters from across the board will come to us, hats in hand, and tell us that they have a plan to solve all of America's problems. But, how is that possible?? These are the same people who CREATED all of America's problems!!!

In typical fashion, because we can't be bothered, we will walk into a polling place in November and re-elect the same people who made the mess we currently have to clean up because we can't be bothered to find out how they voted on various bills and make sure that America is getting their money's worth from these liars!!

No big deal, though. American Idol will be on soon along with the X Factor and Dancing with the Stars. It's far more important to vote for our favorites on these shows than pay any attention to the people who want to run America!!

38 posted on 07/23/2012 9:55:52 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Sea Parrot

First, stop projecting your views onto others.

Second, get back to me when someone you love is murdered by a driver hopped up on ADHD meds who thought it was perfectly okay to get behind the wheel and drive impaired.


39 posted on 08/06/2012 10:14:02 AM PDT by anonsquared
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To: anonsquared

Skipping your meds again? WTH are you blathering about.


40 posted on 08/06/2012 5:16:22 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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To: anonsquared

Skipping your meds again? WTH are you blathering about.


41 posted on 08/06/2012 5:16:53 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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