Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Rise of Disabled Americans

This weekend the entire hour of This American Life radio program was dedicated to the issues associated with Social Security Disability.  The program dedicated the whole hour to Chana Joffe Walt exploring the SSDI program after noticing a sharp increase in the numbers.   She looked at the lawyers who help get people the proper appeal, the children who are ruled disabled, and the states that are using the program as an alternative to welfare.  There are now 14 million currently living on disability which averages around $13,000 per year. 

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Anonymous said...

It's crazy that so many people are on disability. Wonder if we re-thought how unemployment was calculated then maybe these people could be better served. This article talks about the 'gap' in the statistics. http://www.statisticsblog.com/2013/03/minding-the-reality-gap