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Is Disability the New Welfare?

Colleen61 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:14 PM
And we need to get rid of the welfare attorneys. They literally do nothing but get the malingerers all the welfare disability they can get. They are disgusting leeches on society..........lawyers AND the malingerers.
jkdjr25 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 3:00 PM
The only reason I was able to get SSI was because of my attorney so no we don't need to get rid of all of them. There are people who abuse the system and those people should be found and dealt with legally, but there are people who are denied assistance for bogus reasons as well and those people need attorneys to help them, not all of them are parasites.

The government in Britain recently did something interesting.

It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" -- a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms -- to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too disabled to work. A third of recipients (878,000 people) didn't even bother and dropped out of the program rather than be examined. Of those tested, more than half (55 percent) were found fit for work, and a quarter were found fit for some work.

But that's Britain, where there's a long tradition of gaming the dole. Americans would never think of taking advantage...