The National Academy of Social Insurance is holding a panel discussion today at 10:00 EST on the subject "Why Are More People Claiming Disability Insurance and What Should Be Done About It?" They ran out of space in the room they originally planned to hold it in and moved it to a larger room. They've run out of space in the larger room. The event will be broadcast live on C-SPAN2. Here is the lineup for the event:
- Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
- Lisa Ekman, Senior Policy Advisor, Health and Disability Advocates
- David Stapleton, Director, Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
- Marty Ford, Director, Public Policy Office, The Arc of the United States
- Tony Young, Senior Public Policy Strategist, NISH
- Mark Miller, Reuters
No offense but who is Lisa Ekman? Why are two people who make their living off the myth that large numbers of Social Security disability recipients can be returned to work -- Stapelton and Young -- on this panel? Ticket to Work doesn't work. Stapelton and Young will undoubtedly say that if more money is devoted to their employers that tons of people will fly off the Social Security disability rolls. Nonsense. It hasn't happened and it won't happen. If you require people to be half dead or nearly fully crazy before you put them on benefits, you shouldn't expect them to ever return to work. It's that simple. Most people attending or watching this event have little feel for who is actually drawing Social Security disability benefits in this country and are easily misled.