US Citizens on Disability Overtake Greek Population
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  • Anthony

    10,962,532 U.S. citizens on Disability! April, 2013 195th straight month American workers collecting Federal disability payments have increased; ratio of full time workers to disability-collecting workers has decreased. Public policy and National sustainability screams out for serious thought on causes and remedies….

    • Well, I think we can discount “serious thought.” I haven’t seen much of that since the G.H.W. Bush regime except on the John Batchelor Show and Book TV.

      • Anthony

        G.H.W.B. was a serious practitioner.

  • JT

    I recall Michael Barone has recently written about the growing disability payment situation. Personally I doubt it would be easy to prove much fraud with the program. The problem seems to be that the definition of what a disability is has become easier to claim, and be believed.

    “Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability”
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/12/03/men_find_careers_in_collecting_disability_116308.html

  • Jim Luebke

    “One benefit of Obamacare would be making it easier for these people to
    get insurance on the exchanges and therefore make it practical to return
    to the workforce. And it’s a demonstration of why the pre-Obamacare
    status quo is nothing we should try to return to.”

    Practical to return to jobs? What jobs? ObamaCare means there aren’t jobs to return to — and disability payments mean there’s no reason to return to them.

    Post-ObamaCare is no better than pre-ObamaCare. For a whole lot of people it’s worse.

    That’s why it should be repealed.

  • The fact that disabled people live longer should not have any effect on the explosive growth of the disability rolls. There’s been some research that shows older workers who get laid off are using disability to get them to SS eligibility. That’s where the disappearing jobs’ market collides with a certain lack of dynamism in the modern American spirit to compound our government out-lays problem.

  • disqus_yCUU4eFdHc

    Generally not good but keep in mind that around 3.5 million veterans are on disability of some kind and that is likely to increase. 22 veterans commit suicide on any given day…

  • Lorenz Gude

    While I agree that the ACA looks worse and worse, to anyone familiar with a reasonably well run healthcare system the previous system is a train wreck of undiagnosed proportions too. As my perennial example – in Australia where the public and private systems are forced to compete with one another rather than collude to extract nearly a fifth of GDP from the collective hide, Australia does it for less than a tenth and gets better health outcomes too. Oh and we cover everybody too. I’m an American so I am not a gloating furriner, just an appalled old curmudgeon. It increasingly appears that the ACA is an incredibly badly written law, but the greater problem is that it builds on a system that costs twice as much as it should. It is not built on a foundation of sand – it is built squarely on top of a sinkhole. Economically speaking, of course.

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