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Social Security Disability in the news, Part 2

In our previous post, we reviewed some of the statements made on cable news channels about the Social Security Disability program. Read on to learn why they are wrong and are presenting sometimes entirely made up stories that suit their position.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has stated that the reason for the increase in SSD benefit applications has nothing to do with the president's policies. That non-partisan agency says the problem is the long-lasting recession that makes it much more difficult for the disabled to be hired. It released a report that stated, "When jobs are plentiful, some people who could qualify for the DI program may choose instead to work. Conversely, when jobs are scarce, such as in economic downturns, some people with disabilities may find that their employment opportunities are especially limited."

Other organizations, including the National Academy of Social Insurance and the very same sub-committee headed by Sen. Coburn and publicized by Fox News, arrived at the same conclusion. In fact, the Senate sub-committee report noted that "the increase in disability applications was a direct result of the financial crisis, and that "job losses among workers with disabilities far exceeded those of workers without disabilities." This statement was not included in the leading cable news network's reporting.

A PBS report noted that disabled workers had been five times more likely to be laid off than other employees. That's a statistic that never made it to that same leading cable network's reporting.

It turns out that the increase in recipients of SSD benefits is part of a long trend that began in the 1970s and not during the Obama administration.

Although the attacks on recipients of SSD benefits are unfounded, it is true that there is a large backlog of disability applications awaiting decisions. Navigating this situation requires a knowledgeable guide. If you are seeking disability benefits, do what hundreds of thousands of others have done. Get help from Binder & Binder®, America's most successful SSD advocates. Call to learn more.

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