Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Hey Bryce, be thankful you can work at a job to supply your needs, and stop
being so judgmental of others. What evidence can you cite to show massive abuse
of the Social Security disability program?
Of all the schemes, scams and unnecessary or overdone government aid, I would
regard Social Security disability payments far, far down on the list in terms of
importance and detrimental effects on our society. Sure there are
people who cheat the system but there probably a whole lot more people who
legitimately need and benefit from the system. Until there is a good way to
measure a persons disability I vote we let some people cheat so that all who
need it may have it. If I stand or walk more than a minute, I
experience pain in my legs. Not necessarily a debilitating pain but enough to
cause me to give up some of my former pleasures. Like shopping and browsing in
stores. I often opt for one of their electric scooter carts. Sitting down
I’m as young and agile as ever, standing up I’m 77 years old with a
broken leg. As I cruise effortlessly through the aisles I often encounter a
little old lady or man hobbling along on their cane. Though it sometimes gives
me a moment of guilt, embarrassment, I carry on with my happiness.
Ultra Bob: The overall economic impact of disability fraud may be small when
compared to the $16 Trillion mountain of public debt, but it is not a small
matter. It is a multi-billion dollar problem.Yes, there are many,
many legitimate cases of disability but I would not be at all suprised if the
fraud rate is 50% or higher. We have reached the point where even a little
discomfort makes someone feel entitled to a free ride on someone else's
dime.It is demoralizing for those who work hard to see a neighbor
who is on disability and "can't work" out on the golf course
I have a disability, and receive Social Security disability benefits. It's
a rigorous process. I doubt that disability fraud exists at all, and if it does
exist, it's more at the 1-2 percent level.
So is the solution to have the general public vote on whether an individual is
"entitled" receive Social Security Disability benefits? With all of
your medical expertise, as well as JoeCapitalist2's medical expertise,
I'm sure you'll be fair to those who have legitimate disabilities.
If you saw my brother at the store, you wouldn't know he was
disabled, yet that half hour trip to Walmart will cost him days in bed in
excruciating pain from over a dozen cancer surgeries, the last surgery resulting
in a MRSA infection and three months of inpatient treatment. He is lucky to be
alive, and my family is lucky to still have him around. The
process for him to be deemed "worthy" of Social Security Disability
benefits took years of paperwork and about a dozen doctor opinions. It was NOT
an easy process by any stretch of the imagination. In your world he would most
likely not be eligible because he can still walk.
I agree with the letter writer. I have no idea of the per cent abuse of
disability benefits that exists, but it is signigicant. All too many people
consider that if they have a disability that keeps them from doing the kind of
job they want to do, they shouldn't have to be trained to do something
else. I know two very able bodied young men who collect disability because they
have a shared problem that makes communication difficult. Rather than learning a
skill to compensate, they collect disability and enjoy an abundance of swimming,
motor-cycling, and just plain messing around. They are personable and capable,
and taking advantage of benefits. I know of several other individuals who
collect disability benefits, who clearly could be working and making those funds
available for something else. I know of one man who collected for several years,
then saw a need for greater income so he got lined up for training and became
gainfully employed. One disability that many of us share to a
greater or lesser degree is being resourceful. It can be overcome with effort
If the letter writer is upset about this kid of abuse --- I can'te
even begin to imagine his outrage of the abuse by none-disabled MILLIONARIES who
abuse the system!But it's always the sick, needy, elderly,
widows and children who take the hits....
you have no idea of the level but it is significant because you know two people
you think are able bodied? does that seem like a little weak on the reasoning
part to you?
Joe Capitalist -- I'm going to call you on your claim of seeing supposedly
disabled neighbors on the golf course. But it, by some chance, you
happen to be telling the truth, you have a responsibility to report what
you've seen to proper authorities so they may investigate.
I think the only kind of social security anyone should get is for a disability.
If you are over 65; and can still work, you should not get social
security.Feel free to retire anytime you want; just quit making younger
workers pay for it.
It’s not that I would excuse dishonesty on the part of social security
recipients, it’s just that there are so many other things going on that
are worse. The people of Utah just voted 2 to 1 to exempt military people from
paying property tax on their home. Talk about able-bodied, and they are well
paid to boot. Further more, this is just the tip of the iceberg for the
freebies and benefits they receive from the taxpayer. Yet they are just
ordinary people doing a voluntary job with a lousy record of accomplishments
from the last 60 years. Then there’s the Arts, charities,
religions, and millions of special perks and breaks for businessmen, special
parking for certain cars, different tax rates for some kinds of earnings,
Utopia, bird sanctuaries, Zoos, theatres, stadiums, etc. etc. The list goes on
forever. The only reason people complain about people getting
taxpayer money is because they fear it won’t be there for them to get.
Ultra BobCottonwood Heights, UTIf you do not want to pay
property tax: then I suggest you join the military and to to war.Otherwise, have some respect and honor; for these brave men and women that are
@VIDARHow many people in the military (including me for twenty
years) are sent off to war with no paycheck? Going off to war should not
absolve anyone of their financial responsibilities. It isn't a matter of
respect. When I was deployed, my mortgage, taxes, insurance, and other bills
still had to be paid. I wouldn't expect otherwise. If you can't live
on your deployment salary, then you haven't planned properly and are living
beyond your means. You can be deployed at any time and need to be prepared to
live on that salary. I, as a military retiree, voted AGAINST it.
I feel qualified to comment on disability fraud. I am a Family Physician who
sees a lot of patients who are on disability. I would say that I am very
qualified to determine if someone is truly disabled or not, and in my estimation
40-50% of those receiving benefits that come through my office are not disabled
to a point where they cannot work. Unfortunately there are many doctors out
there who will rubber stamp disability paperwork as easy money. When I tell them
they do not qualify, they go and find another doctor who will say they do, many
times doctor shopping around to find the easy guys. Lawyers are well aware of
what doctors will sign off on these forms and refer their clients directly.
These disability mills are very similar to pill mills that hand out narcotics to
anyone with the cash in hand who walks through their door.When a 26 y/o
walks into the office and says he is on disability for Bipolar, and goes on to
say he needs no medicines to control it, while he spends all his time out
partying with friends, that is fraud.
Ultra Bob:If you think the military personnel are well paid, you
don't know much about them. They are paid much less than similar positions
in the private sector.I would bet Pat Tilman's family, and the
families of all those who have died or been severely disabled in combat would
argue that they are paid well for what they do. You should be thankful that we
have men and women willing to protect us for so little in return. You cannot put
a price on the skills our Seals have, and the risk they undertake. Tell me who
else in our society could have taken out Bin Laden as well as they did. Our Air
Force pilots could make a lot more in the private sector, the same goes for the
military physicians.The vast majority of our military are not in it for
the benefits and pay. They could do a lot better elsewhere.
States that take the most from the Federal government1.North
Dakota2.West Virginia 3 Alabama 4 Kentucky 5 New Mexico,
6 Hawaii, 7 Maryland, 8 Virginia, 9 Alaska10
TexasStates that have the most people NOT paying federal income
taxes not in order but Utah has 39% of people NOT paying federal income
taxes.Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama,
Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, FloridaIt like a Freeloader
belt right down from Idaho all the way through the Republican south.
Screwdriver:You stated 39% of Utahns don't pay federal taxes.
Considering that the National number is 47% not paying any Federal Income Taxes,
Utahns are paying a lot more than the the Nation as a whole by a large amount.
So how does that make them freeloaders when they pay at a much higher rate than
the Nation as a whole? Sounds like they are the givers, not takers.
KVC, you have some great comments and solid experience to back them up. I
appreciate seeing them. I used to work with people seeking financial help, and I
heard some strange excuses for not working back then (late 60s early 70s), but I
think things are much worse now, and disability benefits are all too often
handed out to people who could be working. Being employed isn't easy, but
it is the preferable way to support oneself.
KVC.I believe every thing you say except “I would say that I
am very qualified to determine if someone is truly disabled or not”.Nan BW.As an employer seeking an employee, and having 100 or
more qualified able-bodied applicants and some possibly disabled or just think
they are disabled. Which would you hire? It is my understanding
that there is too many unemployed qualified able-bodied who need jobs now.
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