President Obama’s quest to turn us all into a bunch of dependents is well under way. The number of Americans receiving federal disability has swelled to nearly 9 million.
A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That was up from 8,707,185 in May.
It also exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau’s latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.
In addition to the 8,733,461 workers taking federal disability payments in June, there were also 165,469 spouses of disabled workers getting federal disability payments and 1,899,756 children of disabled workers getting benefits. That brought the total number of beneficiaries receiving disability insurance payment in June to 10,798,686.
Federal disability insurance is funded by a 1.8 percent payroll tax 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 deficitsin 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 deficit was $8.5 billion. In fiscal 2010, it was $20.8 billion. And in fiscal 2011, it was $25.3 billion. (Read More)
Imagine what the unemployment rate would be if so many people didn’t go on disability after their jobless benefits ran out?
I’m wondering if it’s becoming easier to be approved for SSDI. Not long ago when I was investigating workers’ compensation claims a number of claimants applied for and were turned down for Social Security Disability. Some eventually were approved, usually not until after they were found to have a permanent partial disability. But even those with a PPD classification were often turned down, because it didn’t mean they were unable to work. It only meant that they were disabled from their normal occupations. If any of you know the answer, let me know in the comments. I seem to remember reading something not long ago, but I can’t recall at the moment and I haven’t been able to find it.
Update: Daily Pundit linked – thanks!