Archive for the ‘Disabily insurance payments’ Category

Decisive action against disability fraud … not by the Feds, by Disney

September 25, 2013

During the recent economic  “recovery”, unemployment rates have started to recede, in part because many folks are leaving the labor force.

Some of the “leavers” are retiring … some are going to college … some are signing up to collect SSDI – Social security Disability Insurance..

There has been a sharp increase in SSDI applications over the past couple of years.

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Most of the applications are probably legit, with some rise due to increasingly diagnosed bad backs and mental health issues..

But, any reasonable person knows that the rolls are also  increasing due to fraud – folks taking advantage of the program as a substitute for welfare.

What’s the government doing about that?

Nothing, as far as I can tell

But, there are other instances of disability fraud, and one victimized company  has had enough and is cracking down ….

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Nums: Did Clinton really end welfare as we know it?

March 29, 2013

Surprised me, but the answer is yes.

But, there’s more to the story.

Clinton’s (and Gingrich’s) initiative to pare the welfare rolls cut the number of people on welfare from about 5 million to under 2 million.

Surprising to me, the number has held pretty constant for the past 15 years or so.

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As I said, there’s more to the story …

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Ouch: America’s disability epidemic.

December 31, 2012

According to the Social Security Administration, the number of (former) workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December.

I’ll stipulate that the vast majority of the 8.8 million are honest folks who really can’t work because they’re disabled … and, I realize that an aging work force has a higher propensity for disablement.

But c’mon, man … this is starting to smell pretty fishy..

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The Feds are dishing out over $135 billion annually in disability payments.

How much of the $135 billion do you imagine is going to the folks that Dateline keeps exposing as frauds?

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Here are some more interesting Social Security factoids …

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