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Oct 29, 2011

Disability Claims Surging In Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Even suffering from neuropathy, arthritis, bone spurs and diabetes, Brenda Raines was determined to keep working as a secretary for a Douglasville hospital. Then she got laid off in 2009, and after six months of job searching she listened to family and friends and applied for Social Security Disability Insurance....
nitial claims in Georgia jumped from 86,973 in the 2008 fiscal year to 104,251 in 2009, and to 119,946 in the 2011 fiscal year, according to the Social Security Administration. Nationwide, the number of initial disability claims rose from about 2.6 million in the 2008 fiscal year to 3.16 million in the 2011 fiscal year.  
This, by the way, is another story planted by Allsup, as becomes clear in portions of the story I am not quoting.

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  • 5 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Check out the last sentence of the article--as the economy improves, people on disability will go back to work, because they can?? Really?? Then they were not disabled in the first place. Of course the statement is nonsense--they will not go back to work, because they are DISABLED. The issue is, older workers with qualifying medical conditions who have hung on until they are laid off will be unable to resume their careers, because they will simply be too old and ill to compete with younger, healthier workers.

    3:29 PM, October 29, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Then she got laid off in 2009, and after six months of job searching she listened to family and friends and applied for Social Security Disability Insurance"

    that alone indicates that she wasn't disabled.

    7:12 AM, October 31, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Anon 7:12 a.m., what the heck are you talking about? Searching for a job hardly means she was not disabled. What tomfoolery.

    8:43 AM, October 31, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    anon @ 8:43

    why was she searching? because she wanted to work. Therefore, I make the assumption that she can work.

    How could you argue that she is disabled?

    9:13 AM, October 31, 2011  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anon 7:12 and 9:13, you are a true idiot. You clearly don't have any idea what most disabled people go through. You think that just because someone has the desire to work, the ability will follow? Tell that to someone with ALS. Or MS. Just because I desire to be an astronaut doesn't mean I have the ability.
    Just because you desire to be some sort of hard-line conservative who wants to abolish entitlement programs altogether, doesn't mean you have the ability, talent, or mental fortitude to do so (or even to logically and cohesively argue for same).
    Most of the time, the claimants who desire to work the most are the ones with the most glaring disability. The ones who have lost all interest in working are usually the ones who deserve a second glance.

    10:02 AM, October 31, 2011  

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