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Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January
New York Post ^ | Last Updated: 10:41 AM, February 19, 2012 | By JANET WHITMAN

Posted on 02/19/2012 7:13:27 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security — a surge that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disability; economy; obama; underemployed; unemployment

1 posted on 02/19/2012 7:13:40 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

America has truly become a fool’s paradise as we print fake money to hand out benefits to everyone.


2 posted on 02/19/2012 7:19:05 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2846342/posts

There’s a trend.


3 posted on 02/19/2012 7:21:11 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security — a surge that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.

Mental illness? Perhaps they have a point (assuming they vote Democrat), n'est ce pas?

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4 posted on 02/19/2012 7:26:03 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: nascarnation

The more free money they give away, the less its worth


5 posted on 02/19/2012 7:27:56 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
In my county (Santa Cruz, CA). psych disabilities are the single largest source of economic cash flow.

Of course, in Santa Cruz, it just might be true.

6 posted on 02/19/2012 7:33:51 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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7 posted on 02/19/2012 7:34:37 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Every man is responsible for his own deeds and no one can make you file for disability if you don’t want it. But there is a group of lawyers (you’ve probably seen their commercials) who are driving some of this filing for disability. They, of course, make a tidy sum if they win you disability. Plus I believe social workers encourage it, just haven’t figured out why.

I have MS...I guess technically I’d be classified as diabled. I need an implanted Baclofen pump that drips medicine directly onto my spine in order to have mobility in my legs and control spasticity, and the last time I was in the hospital for surgery on the pump the social worker came to my room and basically urged me to file for disability.

I explained to her that I had a job, and I didn’t need disability (I do have to work from home, but I work a full week...well more than a full week, I’m a bit of a workaholic, LOL.) She was rather persistent in her insistence that I’d qualify for diability...and I was rather insistent in wondering how that could be since I was able to work.

I just haven’t figured out her angle yet. I know why the lawyers push for filing for disability, they get paid if they win it for you. But why a social worker...it just didn’t make sense.


8 posted on 02/19/2012 7:34:54 PM PST by dawn53
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I know many people receiving ‘disability’ payments..many not deserving, one in fact gets over $6,000.00 a month and brags about it and works under the table for cash as well....makes one ill...to see what is happening to this Nation..and there seems to be nothing the average person can do about it...
9 posted on 02/19/2012 7:37:26 PM PST by haircutter
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To: haircutter

Turn his ass in. Seriously.


10 posted on 02/19/2012 7:38:41 PM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

What you just said.


11 posted on 02/19/2012 7:40:30 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
His research also shows a growing number of men, particularly older, former white-collar workers, instead of the typical blue-collar ones, are applying.

The big concern about the swelling ranks is that once people get on disability, they’re unlikely to give it up and go back to work.

This might end up as a win for me, as I have lost a lot of competitors in a crappy job market.

12 posted on 02/19/2012 7:50:06 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: SW6906
his mother is my best friend...she worries that some one will turn him in and he will ‘loose his money’ she and I have discussed this and it has actually hurt our long time friendship...
I tried to take problems to medicare and social security about cheats and un authorized charges and was told to take it up else where!!! ALMOST LAUGHED AT..
it is difficult to deal with both services...
13 posted on 02/19/2012 7:55:28 PM PST by haircutter
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To: haircutter

No damn way you sit on that. Break out the camcorder and get that UTB crap on tape.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 7:56:55 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: haircutter

I understand. When the system is set up to maximize how many people are on it (Hell, they are running advertisements and offering rewards for referrals!), I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there is no one to talk to about fraud.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 7:58:52 PM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Same thing happened when they passed Welfare Reform in the 90’s. Nothing like the “Disability” explosion of today, but it was still there.

The work ethic is for suckers in the land of Obamaville.

Which reminds me of a great song, Dire Straits, Money for Nothing...

16 posted on 02/19/2012 8:14:12 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I was on unemployment then I fell and broke my spine. legitimately, I am no receiving disability. I am constantly in so much pain, I do not know what I am going to do. I am NOT doing better, and don’t know how I can interview for a job.


17 posted on 02/19/2012 8:39:14 PM PST by television is just wrong
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To: haircutter; All
$6,000 a month? You did not say SSDI only. But it could be if the former wages were very high and there are several family members. The checks are not necessarily lifetime there are periodic reviews, I believe.

BTW have I read that 10,000,000 are getting SSDI and it costs 200 billion dollars annually. That's $20,000 average annually and $1.667 / month.

I think that the individual benefit is added to the family benefit and the sum is the monthly benefit.

The following is copied from an Internet site.

Example Calculations: Social Security Benefits 2011

Finally, we are going to provide several quick examples, all estimates assume that you pass the qualifying tests and have the full credits mentioned earlier:

Example 1 - if you are age 45 and earning around $50,000 annually, your disability insurance benefits would be $1,745 per month, with a maximum family benefit of $3,293 per month.
Example 2 - if you are age 45 and earning around $25,000 annually, your disability insurance benefits would be $1,123 per month, with a maximum family benefit of $2,081 per month.
Example 3 - if you are age 35 and earning around $50,000 annually, your disability insurance benefits would be $2,018 per month, with a maximum family benefit of $3,607 per month.
Example 4 - if you are age 35 and earning around $25,000 annually, your disability insurance benefits would be $1,304 per month, with a maximum family benefit of $2,505 per month.
Example 5 - if you are earning around $95,000 or more, then you probably qualify for the maximum disability benefits under the Social Security system. In that situation, the maximum individual benefits are $2,184 each month with a maximum family benefit of $4,023 monthly.

You can find a more detailed benefits calculator on the Social Security website.

Copied from here

18 posted on 02/19/2012 9:40:49 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: dawn53

Social workers need ‘clients’ lest their own job would become endangered.


19 posted on 02/19/2012 9:42:47 PM PST by fhayek
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To: dawn53

probably helps her metrics - if you get on disability, then she has helped someone; if you don’t, she has no progress to report.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 9:44:02 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: dawn53

Social workers believe that the government should take care of everyone. Keeps their jobs safe. Of course i would not be surprised if there was an order from higher up to get as many people as possible into disability in order to shrink the labor force in order to mask the unemployment problem.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 1:56:20 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: haircutter

If you dont turn him in you are just as bad as he is


22 posted on 02/20/2012 4:15:00 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: ballplayer

Even if he was turned in, they would do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, Consider this, about HALF of The POLICE OFFICERS in California retire on a DISABILITY PENSION , and most if not all is outright FRAUDULENT, because they can, they then go right back to work as a consultant or other such job with regards to security. Their pension is now Tax Free and they are working to boot. ABOLISH ALL TAXPAYER FUNDED PENSIONS, these scumbags are not SPECIAL, they Deserve Nothing more than what Social Security would pay them, if that.


23 posted on 02/20/2012 4:56:36 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: haircutter

Turn that stealing emmer effer leach in.....NOW!


24 posted on 02/20/2012 7:38:40 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: haircutter; SW6906
"his mother is my best friend...she worries that some one will turn him in and he will ‘loose his money’"

Time to find another bff. She is just as much a loser as her son is.

25 posted on 02/20/2012 7:41:03 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: nascarnation
America has truly become a fool’s paradise as we print fake money to hand out benefits to everyone.

You got it. At some point over the past 40 or 50 years, the idea that you have to support yourself went right out the window. The shame associated with taking a handout vanished and was replaced by a sense of entitlement to the handout.

What we have is a class of people who want to keep the free ride going. They ran out of unemployment so now they are filing for disability. Have you seen the life of someone on disability? Its pretty frickin miserable. But for a lot of people, its an acceptable trade-off for not having to work. They sit on the couch, watch TV all day and collect a check and foodstamps to survive. They do this day after day after day. Oh, and some get free internet so they play around on the internet too. Just sitting there waiting to die; no ambition to do anything with their lives other than collect a check for sitting on their asses.

26 posted on 02/20/2012 9:36:08 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

As a retiree on essentially a fixed income, I’m doubly screwed. All these govt benefits create demand from the recipients for things I purchase, keeping the price up. Without that, a lot of things would be cheaper.


27 posted on 02/20/2012 10:53:40 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January

...Proof positive that Obama is bad for your health.

28 posted on 02/20/2012 6:25:17 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: eyeamok

I agree


29 posted on 02/21/2012 2:59:13 AM PST by ballplayer
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