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Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks

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  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Jan. 8, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    DN Subscriber - Excellent comment!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 7, 2017 9:32 p.m.

    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."

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2017 5:32 p.m.

    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.