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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:22 PM
I agree with you and those parents should be held accountable for using their children to collect a "check". These cases need to be investigated and prosecuted and the children should be "rescued" from an environment that sets them up for failure...
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:14 PM
First of all, thank you for your service to,our country - and "welcome home, brother " ! Secondly, you of course are very deserving of any benefits you receive and it would be unconscionable for anyone to say otherwise...you, sir, are a patriot...
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:11 PM
I must agree with you. Those who make poor choices ( drugs, etc.) and have never paid into the program should not be allowed the " free ride". Although, who can live on $890 a month? Anyway, I still agree with you and will go so far as to say, force those people into rehab and give them a chance to " get clean" and live productive lives - one chance to turn their lives around - and then their benefits STOP if they fall back into destructive behaviors - if it is self-inflicted, they can suffer the consequences...
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:56 PM
You are wrong. I have a family member who,has endured five different cancers, a blood clotting disorder, a brain aneurysm and much more. This individual (after working and paying the maximum into social security every year for thirty years) fought a two year battle before receiving approval for social security disability. And the disability payment is much less than the person earned while employed but their current health issues preclude them from working so they have no choice but to collect on the program they PAID INTO, however, their income has dropped from six figures to poverty level. Often, it is not a choice and certainly no bargain for those who are truly disabled. You all need to stop making assumptions about a "free ride"
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:48 PM
Disability payments are most certainly NOT tax free. I know because I receive social security disability and my payments are taxable. Any private disability payments (if one receives such payments after paying a premium for a policy) are also taxable. Many people have very real disabilities and would prefer to work, believe me, I am one of those people. I am highly educated and would enjoy a much better lifestyle if I was able to work but I am not. My eligibility for social security disability was determined by government doctors, not my own private physician. You need to get your facts straight before making erroneous comments....
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:07 PM
I have never partied - never smoked a cigarette in my life and never had an alcoholic drink (or drugs of any kind). Again, you need to be informed before making generalizations. One has to pay into social security and Medicare to receive the benefits. And, although I am certain there is some fraud, as in every program, I know many people on social security disability who fought long and hard for benefits after being diagnosed with several cancers and other life threatening conditions - they were not simply handed the benefits. They had to PROVE their disability. It is easy to make incorrect assumptions when you don't have the facts...
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:01 PM
are you aware that people PAY INTO social security and Medicare. (Now, Medicaid and welfare are different stories and I agree that there is too much abuse when it comes to those programs, but unfortunately it has become a way of life for many). You need to become informed to have the proper information regarding these programs, then, and only then, will you be somewhat qualified to voice an opinion. Don't make generalizations without all the facts.
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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mbrannen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 11:56 AM
As someone who receives social security disability, I take exception tho this article. First of all, it is NOT welfare. The benefits received are based on what an individual has paid into it - unless they receive SSI (which I do not, I receive SSD). Secondly and more importantly, I went through several physical examinations by my own doctors as well as social security doctors before I was approved. One can not receive benefits without qualifying and it is not so easy to qualify. The entire process was two years for me. Believe me, I would love to work. I have graduate level education (MBA) and my earnings would far, far exceed my monthly social security disability payment. This was no bargain for me.
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