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71% Of ‘Disabled’ Don’t Want To Return To Work

From the Washington Examiner:

Many disability recipients admit they could work

By LUKE ROSIAK | JULY 30, 2013

Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals.

More baffling, most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don’t work. Those who acknowledge they’re on disability because they can’t find a job say they make little effort to find one, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of federal survey results.

Unearned disability, called SSI, is for individuals who have petitioned to be classified as disabled. Many of them have never worked and have never paid into Social Security. Earned disability, or SSDI, is for those who have held jobs for significant periods of time and paid at least partially into Social Security before becoming disabled.

Meanwhile, the news media would have us believe that everyone on disability is merely getting back the money they have paid into the system.

Those collecting government checks in the unearned program are in less pain than their counterparts who paid into the system, the analysis showed. They are typically overweight, uneducated and from broken homes.

But the analysis also revealed more practical barriers to weaning recipients off the disability rolls: The jobs they’d be candidates for often don’t provide health insurance, which is essential for those with medical problems, and they’d rather receive the federal benefit.

And this problem will only get worse, once the Obama-Care subsidies kick in.

Many also say they don’t have transportation to work.

Where are the Obama-Cars? And never mind the untold hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars that get poured into public transportation every year.

In 2009, the Social Security Administration conducted a detailed study of disability recipients’ characteristics, desire to work and their impediments from doing so. Geared towards academics, only the raw, individual-level responses were released, and until the Examiner’s analysis here, there has been little in the way of published tallies.

The survey included responses from 2,300 disability benefits recipients. There are approximately 11 million SSDI recipients and approximately seven million SSI recipients.

And, mind you, this is from four years ago. Before Obama ratcheted up these numbers.

Among the most notable results of the survey:

* Returning to work is not a goal for 71 percent of the SSDI recipients, 60 percent of the SSI recipients.

* 75 percent of the SSDI recipients don’t see themselves returning to work within five years, 65 percent of the SSI recipients don’t.

* 72 percent of the small number of SSDI recipients who started a job while on disability got cash under the table, as did 70 percent of the small number of SSI recipients who started a job while on disability.

* 24 percent of the SSDI recipients lack even GEDs, as do 43 percent of the SSI recipients.

This Washington Examiner write up doesn’t really do their report justice. The truly shocking details are in the graphics of their results , which you can see by visiting the link.

But in any case, it’s clear things are terribly out of whack. We have more medical treatments for injuries than ever before. More physical therapy. More jobs today involve computers than ever before. Fewer jobs require physical exertion.

And yet in 1990 there were 31 people working for every one person on Social Security Disability. Today there are only 13 people working for every one person on disability. That is no accident.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “71% Of ‘Disabled’ Don’t Want To Return To Work”

  1. Chrispbass says:

    Surprised to see a 31 to 1 ratio, shocked to see 13 to 1.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    A dear friend, 60 with very damaged joints and can barely move let alone work has been turned down time and again for Disability. Each time no explanation just Denied.

    He’s now trying to keep a roof over his head from a wheelchair as a phone salesperson.

    BTW – He’s Caucasian.

    • Chrispbass says:

      Tell him to get a lawyer. I have a friend who could not get on SS. He tried and tried. Multiple appointments, mountains of paperwork. Got an attorney who does this kind of thing and boom. He had to pay some stupid % but he got on it.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      You’re better off getting an advocate who used to work for SS. Their are plenty out there if you do a little searching. They know which judges to take your case before and which to avoid. What paperwork mistakes people make and what not to say or do. The fee is $6000 or a % of your backpay. But never more than $6000.

      I know plenty about this. I’ve witnessed lots of people (family) go through the process. This section of the country has been so depressed for so long that after unemployment runs out, because all the manufacturing jobs left a decade ago thanks to NAFTA and all the construction jobs are taken at low wages by Mexicans, every one, white and black, went on disabilty. The whole damn county is on welfare, social security, disabilty, SSI and every other government hand out you can conceive. It’s a really sad place to be.People have lost all drive and ambition and just wait for days like today. Every 3rd of the month or so is PayDay!!

      See my recent comment:

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