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Enabling Disability Fraud

Lois4 Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:33 PM
I don't know why everyone didn't see our economic crash coming. A large part of the middle class was comprised of assembly workers. When all those jobs went to other countries, the middle-class was wiped out. It's hard on older people when they lose those factory jobs they've had 20-30 years because they've usually destroyed their bodies from years of lifting things they shouldn't have or overusing different muscles, They have back and joint problems, carpal tunnel, etc. I'm in my 50's and can't believe the number of people (mostly men) my age who have died in the last few years and many probably were on SSDI first. If this is more than a local trend, we won't have to worry about the male baby boomers retiring, most won't be alive.

We were inspired by Climateer Investing's summary of the econoblogosphere's ongoing analysis of the increasing level of disability fraud in the U.S., where hundreds of thousands of people would appear to be ending up after their extended unemployment insurance benefits expire, to ask two new questions: which Americans are benefiting from the fraud and how are they getting away with it?

To answer the first question, we started with the annual age distribution data that the Social Security Administration publishes on the number and age of that agency's disability benefit recipients. Starting with the pre-recession years of

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