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Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

sc.surveyor Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 10:21 AM
The flip side of the coin is people who are legitimately disabled, yet turned down for benefits. I talked to a random guy on the beach this summer. He lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident when someone pulled out in front of him (claimed sun in the eyes and didn't see him). He can no longer work as a roofer, yet was denied disability. His attorney encouraged him to claim depression; he refused. What's wrong with this system?
lshort Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 3:00 PM
The oldest sister of my best friend in college was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 38. She got let go from her job, losing her health insurance in the process, and couldn't get unemployment because the seizures from the brain tumor rendered her unable to work. Her husband had to quit his job (he was a cross-country truck driver) to take sudden care of their three children under age 12--they had all been on her health insurance, so none of them had any. They applied for Medicaid and disability and couldn't get either because they had been making too much money too recently. Her family and his contributed as much money and raised as much money as they could and managed to pay for one series of chemotherapy before the money ran
lshort Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 3:02 PM
out. She died about eight months later, still ineligible for any government aid at all.
lshort Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 3:02 PM
That was about seven years ago...broken, broken, broken system.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 6:56 PM
The sad part is that there is plenty of money available for those who truly need it, but it is wasted on the slop of society.
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.

The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this.

But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program, which...