DN Subscriber - Excellent comment!
First, this is a typical Associated Press advocacy "journalism" story
based on emotion and selective story telling.However, as the story
notes:"About three-quarters of applicants' initial claims are
rejected, and many turn to lawyers to help them appeal. That means big money for
attorneys doing disability claims in bulk. If they win on appeal, applicants are
entitled to payments dating back to when they became unable to work and lawyers
get a chunk of that money, paid directly by the agency."The
incentives to get a huge cash payout and/or a lifetime monthly paycheck are
huge, and lure many scheming people and unscrupulous lawyers to op on that gravy
train. Of course, there are many truly disabled and deserving people who
qualify under the law and should receive SSDI. However, the fraud
and abuse of the SSDI system is extremely widespread, and for those cheating the
system to be cut off is entirely appropriate and long overdue.Much
of this abuse in in Democrat strongholds, and enforcing the law is then blamed
on "heartless Republicans."
Disability status should not be an alternative to unemployment. Government
statistics on unemployment would be much worse if they included those who are on
Social Security Disability without medical justification.