The unemployment rate has been going down over the last few months - slowly, yes, but surely - and the economy has appeared more resilient then predicted in the wake of sequestration going into effect. There may be underlying problems there.
The newest wave of critics are the people President Obama vowed Obamacare would save: the sick, the disabled and the poor.
When I think of the disability program, I think of the bum who is collecting a check so he can be an “adult baby”
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.
In the U.S. we like to think we’re all about enabling people. We ban discrimination based on creed or color. We insist that facilities be accessible to the disabled. We brag about an America where anyone can climb the ladder of success.
"Let's just raise a white flag and admit that the 'war on poverty' has been lost and look critically at how our programs sustain people in poverty rather than lift them out of it."
March is Trisomy Awareness Month. For my family, this has become a time to celebrate the life of our daughter Bella.
Jennifer Morbelli’s baby had a name. The baby registry was complete, filled with already-purchased items like the book “I’ll Love You Forever.” The nursery was set up. Jennifer Morbelli’s baby, Madison Leigh, was a wanted child—and only seven weeks shy of birth.
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.
Disability insurance provides a portion of your income if you can't work because of an illness or non-job-related injury. To me, being over 50 doesn't lessen the need for it. On the contrary, it may increase it.
On October 10th, as part of Chicago's annual "Ideas Week," I participated in a debate on health care rationing hosted by "Intelligence Squared." Properly framed, the issue was whether the government should ration health care at the end of life. As actually framed, the proposition was: Ration end-of-life care.
Current projections indicate that the Social Security trust fund for disability will be fully depleted in 2016, just four years from the present.
The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding the definition of the term “disability.”
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