SSI and SSDI are two highly different critters all together. The standards for SSI are low. You don't have to be disabled just poor. SSI is welfare.
Social Security Disability Insurance has a much higher qualification standard and burden of proof. It sometimes takes years to get it and most give up or die first. SSI is immediate. The senator was not smart in connecting them together because they aren't.
You might want to read my post #22 on this thread.
I have personally watched someone very close to me drum up some vague symptoms and whined about them to a psychiatrist.
Hired a lawyer and started the ball in motion for acceptance into the SSDI program.
It took two years of passing paperwork back and forth but was deemed too disabled to work and got on the dole.
Since it took her 2 years from the initial filing to the acceptance the SS admin. paid her all the back money they “owed” her from the 2 year lapse.
It was unbelievable to watch how easy it was to receive. Oh and of course since she has two children, they too get SS checks to help take care of them as well.
This has got to stop. There is no way 1 in 19 Americans are too disabled to work. I have seen it first hand.
This is pure crap and evertime I make out that big check to the IRS on April 15 I just want to scream.
I am tired of paying for others lies. It has to end.
Thank you. Most people don’t realize they are 2 separate programs. One I welfare and one is not.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Sure sounds like a disability program to me. Yes, it is for people with limited resources and income, but it’s not welfare for anybody, you also must be disabled, old, or blind.