Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
So what’s the problem here? Are we to expect anything less from an administration whose goal is to put as many people on the public dole as possible. Remember these are the same lemmings that brought us ObamaCare with its revenue neutrality, and ability to save money.
One thing seems perfectly clear, when the federal government is involved we need not be concerned about fraud or abuse.
By Terence P. Jeffrey
July 2, 2012
(CNSNews.com) – A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That was up from 8,707,185 in May.
It also exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau’s latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.
There has been a dramatic shrinkage in the United States over the past 20 years in the number of workers actually employed and earning paychecks per worker who is not employed and is taking federal disability insurance payments. (more below)
In June 1992, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 118,419,000 people employed in the United States, and, according to the Social Security Administration, there were 3,334,333 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 35.5 people actually working.
When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people employed and 7,442,377 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 19.1 people actually working.
In May of this year, there were 142,287,000 people employed, and 8,707,185 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled 1 worker taking disability payments for each 16.3 people working.
The federal disability payments made to the record 8,733,461 workers in June averaged $1,111.42.
Only 11 states–California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas—have populations in excess of the 8,733,461 workers who took disability payments in June.
New Jersey’s 2010 Census population of 8,807,501 approximates the 8,733,461 workers who collected federal disability insurance in June.
In addition to the 8,733,461 workers taking federal disability payments in June, there were also 165,469 spouses of disabled workers getting federal disability payments and 1,899,756 children of disabled workers getting benefits. That brought the total number of beneficiaries receiving disability insurance payment in June to 10,798,686.
Federal disability insurance is funded by a 1.8 percent payroll tax split between employers and workers. Self-employed people pay the entire 1.8 percent.
Yet another benefit of being ‘self-employed.’
The Social Security System’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund has run deficits in each of the last three fiscal years, meaning the government has needed to borrow money to pay disability benefits to the workers claiming them. In fiscal 2009, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund deficit was $8.5 billion. In fiscal 2010, it was $20.8 billion. And in fiscal 2011, it was $25.3 billion…
So the deficit for SSDI Trust Fund doubled from 8.5 billion to $16.8 billion in a mere three years.
Of course, some of this increase can be traced to the recession. But a lot of it is may also be due to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which lowered the requirements even further for disability claims.
So now a person can receive disability benefits for everything from epilepsy to HIV — to even “intellectual disabilities,” which seem to cover a myriad of things. Probably including what used to be called ‘laziness.’
In any case, it looks like SSS Disability Insurance has become the new unemployment benefit. Or, maybe more accurately, the new early ‘retirement plan.’ Since SSDI benefits never stop. And, apparently, all it takes to qualify for SS disability these days is a good lawyer and a total lack of shame.