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Is Disability the New Welfare?

mflewallen Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:27 PM
It IS welfare for those who haven't paid a DIME into it. Why do children who are on ADD/ADHD get SSI for a learning disability? IMO, They are NOT disabled, just have to work a bit more than others. You should take exception to this article, as you have worked and paid in. Have no problem helping people such as yourself who are truly disabled, but I DO NOT like the fact that children get SSI just for merely being on medications.
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...

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...