SSDI Benefits Are Not the Problem

Several newspapers and columnists have at last taken up defending the disability benefits system against unfounded attacks that have seemed to grow heading into election season. Many of the articles have emphasized points we have been making on this blog over the past few months.

A few of the headlines around the country have been:

  • “Distorting the truth about disability insurance”
  • “Social Security Disability Enrollment Rising Due to Demographic Trends, Not Obama ‘Slavery’ Plot: CBO” (a reference to Congressman Allen West’s remarks that disability benefits create a form of economic dependence and modern slavery)
  • “Some Are Too Quick to Criticize the Disabled’
  • “People with disabilities still suffer discrimination in hiring”
  • “My View: America is not full of ‘freeloaders’ ” (an opinion piece pointing out that one reason that applicant numbers have been growing is because more of us are suffering from cancer than ever before, and cancer is the second leading reason for a disability application)

This week we will look a little closer at two myths that we often hear repeated about Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits. First, on Wednesday, we will discuss the claim that only one percent of beneficiaries return to work. And then, on Friday, we will take up the often-heard statistic that Americans on disability are outpacing Americans getting jobs.

An accident or health condition could happen at any time that prevents us from working. As a form of insurance, SSDI is there to help us support ourselves and our families when the unthinkable happens. If a severe injury or medical problem prevents you from working, visit our website and fill out a form to speak with one of our Tulsa OK Social Security disability lawyers.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys

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