Sunday, January 5, 2014

Fox News: Americans who receive Social Security disability are faking

Despite the rhetoric from Fox News and others in the right-wing media, five times as many Americans have a disability compared to those who actually receive disability benefits. According the Social Security Administration and the United States Census Bureau, while 1 in 25 Americans currently receive disability benefits, nearly 57 million Americans, 1 in 5, have a disability.
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Fox also makes it sound like you just walk in and say "gimme money".  The facts are that there is a thorough investigation, and most applicants have to go before a judge at least once -- waiting a couple of years before they get that hearing.
I waited 11 years before I was approved.  The judge said "you look healthy to me", the Court of Appeal agreed that my medical records showed I wasn't as healthy as I looked, and repeatedly sent it back to him with the order to have a doctor at the next hearing.  He refused.  When the Court of Appeal finally said "have a doctor there or else!", he had a psychologist who'd never treated CFS, rather than an MD who could explain the wonky blood test results.
Trust me, this is not something you do on a whim.  It's a long haul, and a good many truly disabled people either give up or die before getting approved for benefits.

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