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SSI (Disability) Paid Out $8B ‘Improperly’

From a forgive and forget Associated Press:

Social Security makes $8B in improper payments

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press – Tue Jun 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration made $6.5 billion in overpayments in 2009, including $4 billion under a supplemental income program for the very poor, a government investigator said Tuesday.

In all, about 10 percent of the payments made by the agency’s Supplemental Security Income program were improper, said Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., the inspector general for Social Security. The program has strict limits on income and assets, and most of the overpayments went to people who did not report all their resources, O’Carroll said…

Gee, only 10 percent fraud? We suspect this could be touted as a model of efficiency, compared to other government programs.

Some people received payments they were not entitled to while others received more than they should have. Social Security also made nearly $1.5 billion in underpayments, raising the total amount of improper payments to $8 billion in the 2009 budget year, O’Carroll said.

Somehow we suspect that the ‘underpayments’ get corrected first.

With lawmakers working to reduce soaring budget deficits, efforts to reduce improper government payments are getting attention in Congress and the White House. In 2009, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to reduce improper payments, and last year, Congress set a goal of reducing the payments by $50 billion by 2012.

We have an idea. Instead of just reducing "improper payments" perhaps we should do away with them altogether.

Throughout the federal government, improper payments totaled $125 billion last year, up from $110 billion in 2009, O’Carroll said.

Mind you, Mr. Obama campaigned on the promise of reducing the national debt by doing away with waste and fraud. In fact, he is still campaigning using that very same promise. (See the video clip above.)

And yet "improper payments" have gone up on his watch. How is that possible?

In 2009, only two other agencies — the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Labor — had more improper payments than Social Security, he said

What a coincidence. These two departments just happen to ‘service’ two of Mr. Obama’s core constituencies.

Social Security administers the Supplemental Security Income program, but it is financed separately, by the government’s general revenues

In other words, this money is not from the so-called Social Security trust fund. It is really just a direct welfare payment that is disguised as Social Security.

To qualify for the program, beneficiaries must be 65 or older, blind or disabled, and have very limited resources

Note how ambiguously this is worded. In fact, this program gives money to people who are either older or blind, or disabled. And the definition of ‘disabled’ has been extended to cover a multitude of sins.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “SSI (Disability) Paid Out $8B ‘Improperly’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “In 2009, only two other agencies — the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Labor — had more improper payments than Social Security, he said…”
    That makes it all the better.
    “See, I’m not so bad…..look at the other 2 Agencies / programs that are losing more money than I am.”
    I don’t know why this is even brought up……nothing will be done. Oh they’ll talk about it and kick it around until somebodies Weiner erupts. Lip service is all
    we get from our elected officials anymore.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I’m surprised AP didn’t include the DOD. According to most libtards anything we pay for Defense is misappropriated and could be used to help the po’ chillins and de udder po’. Maybe if the Army unionized they’d like them better.

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