Disabled Nation: 8,753,935: Americans on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States

Why are so many of us disabled?
Is it something in the air? The water? Our food?
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8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States
July 23, 2012
The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had more people in them than the number of workers on the federal disability insurance rolls in July.
Virginia, the twelfth most-populous state, had 8,096,604 people in 2011, according to the latest Census Bureau estimate. That would make Virginia’s population about 657,331 less than the number of workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July.
Congress enacted legislation in 1956 to add federal disability insurance to the Social Security system. Over the decades, the number of Americans actually working has dramatically declined relative to the number claiming federal disability insurance payments.
By July 1967, there 74,520,000 Americans actually working and 1,145,663 workers taking disability payments. That made a ratio of 65 actual workers for each worker collecting disability. In July 1987, there were 112,634,000 people actually working and 2,759,852 people collecting disability—a ratio of about 41 actual workers to each worker collecting disability.
When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people actually working and 7,442,377 workers collecting disability—a ratio of about 19 to 1.
In June, there were 142,415,000 people actually working and 8,733,461 workers claiming disability—a ratio of about 16 to 1.
In July, in addition to the 8,753,935 workers who received federal disability insurance payments, there were also 165,564 spouses of disabled workers and 1,850,653 children of disabled workers who received payments. That brought the total number of disability beneficiaries to 10,770,152.
Federal disability insurance is funded by a 1.8 percent payroll tax that is split between employers and workers. Self-employed people pay the entire 1.8 percent.
The Social Security System’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund has run deficits in each of the last three fiscal years, meaning the government has needed to borrow money to pay disability benefits to the workers claiming them. In fiscal 2009, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund ran a deficit of $8.5 billion. In fiscal 2010, it ran a deficit of $20.8 billion. And in fiscal 2011, it ran a deficit of $25.3 billion.
To be eligible for federal disability insurance payments, a person must have worked long enough to have qualified for the benefits and must also meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.”
“We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if: You cannot do work that you did before; we decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death,” says the Social Security Administration.
Whether someone has worked long enough to qualify for federal disability insurance payments depends on their age and the number of “credits” they have earned from the Social Security system.
“Social Security work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income,” the Social Security Administration explains. “You can earn up to four credits each year. The amount needed for a credit changes from year to year. In 2012, for example, you earn one credit for each $1,130 of wages or self-employment income. When you've earned $4,520, you've earned your four credits for the year.”
According to the Social Security Administration’s formula, someone under 24 years of age would qualify for disability payments if he or she had earned at least 6 credits—or about $6,780—over the three years before they became disabled.
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Becasue it gets the unemployment rate down.

It's something in DC; Obama.
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On Monday, July 23, 2012 4:51:49 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:

In most cases, disability is just part of the new welfare system. I've seen employers helping workers get it rather than have to lay them off.
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On 7/23/2012 4:17 PM, George Bush wrote:

They're not disabled. They're broke, unable to find work and they're hungry. You do what you gotta do to survive.

It's the trade deficit. Our money and manufacturing jobs went to China. Hell, people who had recession-proof jobs are becoming unemployed. You're grandchildren are next.
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On Monday, July 23, 2012 1:17:10 PM UTC-7, George Bush wrote:

It used to be that when you got a job with a company (and I don't necessarily mean a unionized company) it meant that you had a job for the rest of your life because there was a concept called loyalty, which meant that you would be loyal to your company and your company would be loyal to you with job security, pensions and benefits and in any case the more you worked in a certain job the more experience you had and that experience was appreciated because it is irreplaceable and valuable because it meant that having experienced employees dealing with clients compelled the clients to become loyal to the company in return. The owners or CEOs of companies were more concerned about their legacy and heritage to their grandchildren than they were about earning the option of retiring to Bermuda rather than Florida with a yacht rather than a boat. Somewhere along the line, for some reason, the whole process of legacy, heritage and tradition got replaced with carpe diem. The employees saw that if their company wasn't going to be concerned with the future of their employees than they weren't going to be concerned with the future of their companies so the employees took the only option open to them: Lying like their bosses and taking federal disability insurance payments. Now as citizens we are paying the outsourced and outcast company employees so that the CEOs can buy their ten room mansion instead of their five room mansions when they retire.
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It used to be that when you got a job with a company (and I don't necessarily mean a unionized company) it meant that you had a job for the rest of your life because there was a concept called loyalty, which meant that you would be loyal to your company and your company would be loyal to you with job security, pensions and benefits and in any case the more you worked in a certain job the more experience you had and that experience was appreciated because it is irreplaceable and valuable because it meant that having experienced employees dealing with clients compelled the clients to become loyal to the company in return. The owners or CEOs of companies were more concerned about their legacy and heritage to their grandchildren than they were about earning the option of retiring to Bermuda rather than Florida with a yacht rather than a boat. Somewhere along the line, for some reason, the whole process of legacy, heritage and tradition got replaced with carpe diem. The employees saw that if their company wasn't going to be concerned with the future of their employees than they weren't going to be concerned with the future of their companies so the employees took the only option open to them: Lying like their bosses and taking federal disability insurance payments. Now as citizens we are paying the outsourced and outcast company employees so that the CEOs can buy their ten room mansion instead of their five room mansions when they retire.
Good post.
Time for a revolution.
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I know 4 close friends.
One working as a jitney, was in a crash. Bad back, can't drive. Oh sure, she got a $10K settlement. Doesn't even get disability, just SSI.
Another, bad back, operation no help. Lost job, can't work. Full disability.
Another, head problems, never could keep a job. Also needs head drugs.
Another more head problems, needs drugs to keep head in order, makes him a zombie, can't work. Was in army, gets medical.
All these people can work for short times at various things, but can't earn a living. they are trying to live, function, have some resemblance of fun.
Also my former wacko boss. We got him fired. Went to work elsewhere, must had head drugs, made zombie, could not function. Shot self. I just threw that in, to show there are so many crazies.
Greg
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http://cnsnews.com/news/article/8753935-workers-disability-set-another-record-july-exceed-population-39-states
You rich crooked doctors need more money so they need to invent more illnesses. This is what you get when you mix capitalism with health.
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On 7/23/2012 3:17 PM, George Bush wrote:

In part this is the expected consequence of making it as difficult as possible for women to get abortions, even when they know the fetus is defective or has a high risk of being so. You are bringing a lot more people with disabilities into the world who wouldn't otherwise have been born. But anyone who is against abortion should have no problem with supporting the disabled with their tax dollars. Choosing life means supporting those lives, too.
The unemployment rate for the disabled is typically stratospheric. A local news article about workshops for the physically and mentally disabled said that the unemployment rate for them is normally 70% plus. And the disabled suffer from 'last hired, first fired' - during recessions, many employers opt to let their disabled workers go first, since they know they will qualify for disability. They figure the disabled have a safety net there that the able workforce lacks.
There's also people who managed their health conditions and could work as long as they had health insurance, but when they lost their insurance, they couldn't afford the medical care they needed. They didn't have much choice but to apply for disability.
Add in the people who become disabled as part of the aging process, and yeah - you've got a lot of people legitimately collecting disability.
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businesses have gotten greedy, in the 70s they were happy with a decent return:)
Now its maximise profit at all costs:(
Just look at jc penney, they had been making a profit, brought in new management maximise profits to gut the company of workers.... cut costs all over.
sucks to be them, profits are now record losses, they have made many of their long time customers mad, no customer service, no commisioned sales people, just cashiers, push the gay agenda, in a attempt to get gays to frequent their stores. look i dont care what anyone does in the privacy of their bedroom. but featuring gay couples on the front pages of their adds was just plain over the top.....
ron johnson the CEO should of test marketed his sucky idea in a region or area. instead he rolled it out nationwide.
profits now losses, sales have tanked, sales were off 20% last quarter and appear worse this quarter.. suppliers report orders cancelled or delayed.
meanwile the president got canned but walked away with 11 million bucks his bonus for coming to work for them, he lasted 9 months...
ron johnson is still CEO but may not last past august 11th when sales reports are in. stock price off my over half...... so far
the penneys brand may be so damaged the entire company fold
the bottom line for all this take a look at business overall these days...
profits are all that matters, move manufacturing to china with its 3 buck a DAY PAY AMERICAN EQUIVALENT, banks do risky stuff for extra $$, and our entire country suffers.
meanwhile congress sits around and plays politics rather than work to improve things.
why??
because big business has bought congress and its votes.
congress persons are puppets on a string for their owners
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