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Is Disability the New Welfare?

MIke3094 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:33 PM
I now know that the payments are taxable. See above. Give me your email address and I will send some of the ads for help to get me disability. The LIRR doctors were railroad employed and they falsified documentation. I am not calling you or anyone else who is eligible for claims a fraud, but with any government program there will always be those that will take advantage of the program. That means less money for the needy.

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...