GOP's New Attack on Social Security's Disability Benefits

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Exaggerate Number Of Claims
Republicans say too many Americans are faking injuries.


GOP's New Attack on Social Security's Disability Benefits: Exaggerate Number Of Claims | Alternet

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is set to be the next big battle in Republicans’ long campaign to dismantle Social Security.

Congressional Republicans are trying to block a routine reallocation of funds to the SSDI Trust Fund, insisting that they will only allow reallocation if “reforms” to SSDI are implemented. The intellectual underpinning for their demands is that there is an unfolding fiscal crisis caused by workers who are able to earn a living but are instead choosing to claim disability benefits.

A chief proponent of this view, Stanford economist Mark Duggan, testified before the Senate Budget Committee earlier this year, claiming that disability benefits are increasingly attractive to lower-wage workers, who respond by leaving the labor force. According to Duggan, a key piece of evidence supporting this claim is an increase in the share of beneficiaries suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and other “subjective” health conditions who have a “substantial” employment potential.

Claims like these have become a mainstay of attacks on the disability program. However, a closer look at the evidence shows that SSDI benefits have become, if anything, less generous. Moreover, even research cited by critics shows SSDI receipt has a negligible impact on work effort because few applicants, including marginal applicants who were denied benefits, are able to earn a living afterward. Meanwhile, there are good explanations for the increase in the share of beneficiaries suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, including an aging population, rising obesity rates, and fewer workers able to retire early when their health deteriorates.
Won't this have their base upset?
 
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Why would "AlterNet" be any better of a source than "The Blaze"?
Refute it with the idea they are NOT trying to destroy SSDI.

It's because AlterNet isn't lying.

Opinion: Why is GOP going after Social Security? - CNN.com

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP?s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation


Social Security disability payments will be cut by a fifth if Congress doesn?t act - The Washington Post

So, now that Ive established it's a legitimate story, what are your thoughts? What is this going to do to the teabagging base?
 
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Refute it with the idea they are NOT trying to destroy SSDI.

It's because AlterNet isn't lying.

Opinion: Why is GOP going after Social Security? - CNN.com

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP?s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation


Social Security disability payments will be cut by a fifth if Congress doesn?t act - The Washington Post

So, now that Ive established it's a legitimate story, what are your thoughts? What is this going to do to the teabagging base?
It's because AlterNet isn't lying.
Comedy gold.
 
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Whatever is in the social security fund right now should be just split up amongst all who have worked and be split up accordingly. The end! If the people wish to take their checks and reinvest them or shoot them up their noses whatever. Just shut the shit down.
 
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Refute it with the idea they are NOT trying to destroy SSDI.

It's because AlterNet isn't lying.

Opinion: Why is GOP going after Social Security? - CNN.com

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP?s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation


Social Security disability payments will be cut by a fifth if Congress doesn?t act - The Washington Post

So, now that Ive established it's a legitimate story, what are your thoughts? What is this going to do to the teabagging base?
Employment for People with Disabilities:

GAO identified 45 programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, reflecting a fragmented system of servicesThe programs were administered by nine federal agencies and overseen by even more congressional committees. All programs overlapped with at least one other program in that they provided one or more similar employment service to a similar population—people with disabilities. The greatest overlap occurred in programs serving veterans and servicemembers (19 programs) and youth and young adults (5 programs). All programs overlapped with at least one other program in that they provided one or more similar employment service to a similar population—people with disabilities. The greatest overlap occurred in programs serving veterans and servicemembers (19 programs) and youth and young adults (5 programs).

U.S. GAO - Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

You quote your Lefty sources, I'll just go to the horses mouth.

This is nothing more than a Political Football being used by both sides to score points during this election cycle.

Fact, the GAO itself has found significant portions of the SSI program that indeed FACILITATE waste.....and you and the Right are playing tug of war over 19%, we could save a significant amount of money by simply streamlining the system itself.
 
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Refute it with the idea they are NOT trying to destroy SSDI.

It's because AlterNet isn't lying.

Opinion: Why is GOP going after Social Security? - CNN.com

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP?s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation


Social Security disability payments will be cut by a fifth if Congress doesn?t act - The Washington Post

So, now that Ive established it's a legitimate story, what are your thoughts? What is this going to do to the teabagging base?
Catching Social Security Disability Fraudsters in the Act

The Office of the Inspector General for Social Security says its investigations uncovered $340 million in savings for the government during the last fiscal year. Meanwhile, new applications for disability are on the rise as the U.S. population ages.

Every year, social security pays out more than $175 billion to people on disability, but in the last fiscal year alone, nearly 72,000 fraud allegation claims were reported to the Social Security's office of the inspector general.

Page 2: Catching Social Security Disability Fraudsters in the Act - ABC News

Screw the "19%" let's reform the entire system and quit with the "gotcha" silliness.
 
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Whatever is in the social security fund right now should be just split up amongst all who have worked and be split up accordingly. The end! If the people wish to take their checks and reinvest them or shoot them up their noses whatever. Just shut the shit down.
So, what happens to the mentally ill who have no hospitals now?
 
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Whatever is in the social security fund right now should be just split up amongst all who have worked and be split up accordingly. The end! If the people wish to take their checks and reinvest them or shoot them up their noses whatever. Just shut the shit down.
My wife who has worked most of her adult life is now disabled and collecting social security. To be more of a good American I guess me and my family should be all for her SSD checks to end, eh?