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  • Social Security Disability: What Happens When It Runs Out of Money?

    07/17/2014 3:05:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    motley fool ^ | 7-6-14 | Dan Caplinger
    Social Security helps not only retirees but also roughly 9 million of people suffering from disabilities. Unfortunately, the trust fund that covers disability payments is in even worse financial condition than the trust fund that covers retirement benefits. What will happen when the disability program's trust fund runs out? In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about the two Social Security trust funds, noting that the latest estimates give the retirement trust fund about 20 more years before it runs out of money, but the disability trust fund is slated to be used...
  • 11 Million On Disability: Why Are Rolls Rising So Fast?

    06/17/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2014 | John Merline
    The total number of Americans now on the Social Security Disability Insurance program topped 11 million in May, a record high and an increase of 18% since January 2009, according to new data from the Social Security administration, furthering a trend that will have severe economic and budget consequences. More than 5.2 million workers have enrolled in the program since President Obama took office, and enrollment is climbing faster under Obama than at any time in the program's history. An average 81,000 workers joined the Social Security Disability Program each month during Obama's years. Under President Bush, by contrast, monthly...
  • Using Your Money to Create a Tower of Babel

    05/06/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/06/2014 | Dave Blount
    The most efficient way to destroy a society is to fragment it and turn the pieces against each other. Language plays a big part in getting America out of the way so that a liberal utopia can be constructed in its place. Here is one way our rulers are using our money to encourage foreign colonists not to learn English: The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits. Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of...
  • IG: SSA Sent Estimated $1 Million in Improper Payments to Prisoners

    02/26/2014 8:31:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 26, 2014 - 12:07 PM | Ali Meyer
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued an estimated $1 million in improper payments between 2000 and 2010 to people who were in prison, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report entitled Special Disability Workload Payments Made to Incarcerated Beneficiaries. The investigation over the payments began after the SSA discovered certain beneficiaries were not receiving their disability insurance (DI) checks. As the report states, “Studies SSA conducted identified SSI recipients who had their entitlement based on applications before January 1, 2000, and appeared to be insured for, but were not receiving, DI benefits. The Agency categorized these individuals as...
  • Longing to be a Victim

    10/16/2013 4:23:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Stossel
    These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you. This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility. Joe Biden's niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop. The New York Post says she's addicted to alcohol and pills, but rather than take responsibility for her actions, she blamed them on the "pressure she faces" because her uncle is vice president. Give me a break. America was founded by people...
  • 60 Minutes uncovers how the federal disability system is being GAMED

    10/07/2013 12:52:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6th, 2013 | CBS
    A good report from 60 minutes on how the federal disability system is being gamed at mega taxpayer expense: Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.
  • Woman to government: My inability to remember qualifies me as disabled

    08/26/2013 8:11:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 49 replies
    http://www.lasvegassun.com ^ | 08/25/2013 | By Brian Nordli (contact)
    Tina Kitchel stirred awake in Spring Valley Hospital with a tube in her mouth and her arms riddled with needle marks from an IV. Her husband stood at her bedside, relieved to see her awaken. She stared back at him like he was a stranger in a crowd. There was so much she didn’t know. Nearly two weeks prior, she was in the third trimester of pregnancy — their second child. A complication stopped her heart for 27 minutes. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section in the hallway of the hospital to rescue her child — and bring her back...
  • EXography: Many disability recipients admit they could work

    07/30/2013 8:46:58 AM PDT · by magellan · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JULY 30, 2013 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals. More baffling, most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don't work. Those who acknowledge they're on disability because they can't find a job say they make little effort to find one, according to...
  • States with the Most Americans on Disability

    05/20/2013 3:27:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 05/20/2013
    The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more-than doubled over the past two decades, from 5.2 million to 11.7 million by the end of 2011. The number of residents receiving disability insurance from the Social Security Administration (SSA) varies from state to state. In West Virginia, close to one in every 10 people aged 18 to 64 was receiving SSDI benefits from the federal government, more than three times the rate in states like Utah and Alaska.Click here to see the states with the most Americans on disabilityThe proportion of eligible workers applying for disability benefits also...
  • Disability Ranks Continue to Surge Under Obama

    04/05/2013 8:24:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/05/2013 | John Merline
    Almost as many people signed up with the federal government's permanent worker disability program as got jobs in March, according to two sets of government data, continuing a troubling trend throughout the Obama recovery. Last month, 81,804 workers left the workforce to join the Social Security Disability Insurance program. So far this year, nearly a quarter million workers have joined the program. Over the past four years, 4 million left the workforce to go on disability. Even after accounting for those who dropped out of the program because of death or retirement, the ranks of the disabled have shot up...
  • Social Security Disability Cuts

    04/03/2013 4:54:18 AM PDT · by hondact200 · 50 replies
    myself | April 3, 2013 | myself
    To all freepers on social security disability, when checking my direct deposit into bank account. I was reduced by $136.65. Has this happened to anyone else.
  • I Was a Danged Fool!

    03/14/2013 2:02:18 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 29 replies
    N/A | Unpublished | Self
    I Was a Danged Fool! For twenty-two or so years before my retirement I had chronic back pain -- sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. When the pain was enough to take my breath away, I’d swallow a few ibuprofens, acetaminophens, or whatever over-the-counter pain relief I had on hand and carefully hobble off to work. Once or twice I self-prescribed bed rest for a day. But generally, if I could make it to the breakfast table, I could make it to work, figuring that the pain would subside as the day wore on. It NEVER ONCE occurred to me...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn's claim on percentage of SSDI, SSI recipients is on the mark.

    01/02/2011 11:36:02 PM PST · by Angelus · 135 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | December 18, 2010 | Louis Jacobson
    The statement "One in 19 Americans today get SSDI or SSI. That's one in 19 Americans (who) are disabled." Sen. Tom Coburn, Dec. 1, 2010, in a meeting of the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission. At a meeting of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — the Simpson-Bowles commission tasked with finding a solution to deficits — one panel member, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., cited disability payments as an example of government spending "out of control."
  • Collecting Disability Becomes A Career Choice For Men (welcome to the Obama economy!)

    12/03/2012 2:54:35 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 3 2012 | By Michael Barone
    "It is exceptionally difficult — for all practical purposes, impossible," writes Eberstadt, "for a medical professional to disprove a patient's claim that he or she is suffering from sad feelings or back pain." In other words, many people are gaming or defrauding the system. This includes not only disability recipients but health care professionals, lawyers and others who run ads promising to get you disability benefits. Between 1996 and 2011, the private sector generated 8.8 million new jobs, and 4.1 million people entered the disability rolls. In 1960, some 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments. In 2011, the number was...
  • Disability Benefit Program Is Going Broke (but unemployment down to 7.8%)

    10/05/2012 1:29:53 PM PDT · by Kenny · 18 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | JOSH BOAK
    For a country still gasping to recover from the Great Recession, disability payments from Social Security have evolved into a lifeline and an economic trap for millions of unemployed Americans threatening the program with insolvency in just four short years. Created decades ago to help those unable to work because of severe health problems, the $128 billion program stops many from sliding into total poverty and inflicting further damage on the economy. More Americans qualified for disability than found jobs over the past three months, and since 2000, the number of beneficiaries rose by 73 percent, even though the workforce...
  • Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery [OUTRAGEOUS]

    07/06/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT · by upchuck · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | July 6, 2012 | JOHN MERLINE
    More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation's jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery. The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration. The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama's economic recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June...
  • Jobs report: More people went on disability than got jobs in June

    07/06/2012 1:53:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Here's a fun tidbit that I missed from the June jobs report. Most months, the number of people transferring out of the workforce on disability claims are easily dwarfed by the people who find jobs. In June? Hope and change, baby: More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation's jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery.The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left...
  • Obama is Scamming the Disabled

    05/12/2012 4:56:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | John Ransom
    I have to credit our own Mike Shedlock for writing about how Obama’s been able to drive down the topline unemployment number even though unemployment remains as a big problem today as it has ever been. I’m often reluctant to piggy back on a contributor’s work, but when something is really newsworthy, I think it’s justified. Yesterday Mish pointed out that:In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,638,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 945,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,693,000. In the last month, actual employment fell by 169,000, but the unemployment rate...
  • Unemployment Explained: Obama's Disability Scammers

    05/07/2012 1:12:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    I have to credit our own Mike Shedlock for writing about how Obama’s been able to drive down the topline unemployment number even though unemployment remains as a big problem today as it has ever been. I’m often reluctant to piggy back on a contributor’s work, but when something is really newsworthy, I think it’s justified. Yesterday Mish pointed out that:In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,638,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 945,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,693,000. In the last month, actual employment fell by 169,000, but the unemployment rate...
  • 2.2 Million Go On Disability Since Mid-2010; Fraud Explains Falling Unemployment Rate

    05/06/2012 6:45:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Since mid-2010, precisely at the time millions of US citizens used up all of their 99 week of unemployment insurance, disability claims have risen by 2.2 million. Those on disability are not counted in the workforce and are not considered unemployed. Please consider Disabled Americans Shrink Size of U.S. Labor Force
  • Jobs report shows effects of the incredible shrinking U.S. labor force

    05/04/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 5/4/2012 | staff
    If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent. If the percentage was where it was when George W. Bush took office, the unemployment rate would be 13.1 percent. That helps explain a seeming contradiction in the unemployment numbers — the rate keeps dropping even though job creation has been soft. In April, the U.S. economy added a mere 115,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday. In a normal month, that would not even be enough to keep up with new...
  • Insolvency Looms as States (and Puerto Rico) Drain U.S. Disability Fund

    03/22/2011 5:21:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 22, 2011 | DAMIAN PALETTA
    CAGUAS, Puerto Rico—This mountainside town is home to a picturesque cathedral, a tobacco museum and a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Another defining feature: Caguas's 00725 zip code has more people who receive a disability check than any other in the U.S. Puerto Rico has emerged in recent years as one of the easiest places in the U.S. to get payments from the Social Security Disability Insurance program, created during the Eisenhower administration to help people who can't work because of a health problem. In 2010, 63% of applicants there won approval, four percentage points higher than New Jersey and Wyoming, the most-generous...
  • Question: Are there people on this forum who have experience in how SSDI is being misused?

    05/15/2006 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 14 replies · 256+ views
    5.15.06 | chickensoup
    I am trying to start a discussion and do research on the misuse of SSDI. Many providers are watching many people use disability in the Mental Health and orthpedic fields have a picnic at taxpayer expense. SSDI is funded, if I understand, from Social security payments and are an enormous drain on the system. This is a system that usues privacy rights to prevent any taxpayer oversight. If you have experience as a provider or worker in the healthcare system, or have other expertise I would be interested in discussing your experie3nce either on the forum or through Freepmail. There...