Very well done report by 60 Minutes on the fraud that is Social Security Disability. Of course, if you have been paying attention or work in this area, you have known all of this for some time. Just cannot believe anyone with a sliver of common sense cannot see what a disaster this program is and how much it reeks of fraud.
Two former employees of Binder & Binder gave a great interview with insights into the scam. Over $1B in attorney fees paid out by the SS Administration annually.
Burn it down. That is our only hope. http://www.cbsnews.com/.../watch/?id=50156491n
If you would like to actually educate yourself on this topic, here is a great read. It is the testimony of Larry Butler, Administrative Law Judge for the SS Administration. http://oversight.house.gov/...ment_2013_06_271.pdf
Once someone is granted "disability" there is no going back.
Seems like it would be worth the extra effort to make sure someone is really "disabled" before you put them on the gravy train for life.
Of course then the optics look bad, when you are trying to deny the "disabled" their (rightful, so they say) entitlement.
As you pointed out, people who pay attention to these things are well aware of what's going on with SS disability. Nothing is going to happen to reform it.
I mean at the end of the day, what Senator or Representative would have the guts to refuse to help (e.g. do a real evaluation and call a spade a spade when someone's "disability" just appears to be bogus) one of their constituents who claims they are being denied "disability" that they feel they should get. The denied person goes to the press and claims Senator X wouldn't help me, says my disability is not real.
Politically, if either party got behind actually trying to reform SS disability, the other party would accuse them of creating "death panels" to deny disabled people benefits. This to me is just a product of a political system with no accountability where everyone just passes the buck and wastes government money rather than standing up for what's right.