900,000 choose to come off sickness benefit ahead of tests!
Nearly 900,000 people who were on incapacity benefit dropped their claim to the payments rather than undergo a tough medical test, latest government figures show.
The 878,300 who decided not to have an official assessment of whether they were fit for work was more than a third of the total number of people claiming sickness-related benefits. …As well as the 878,300 who chose to drop their claims, another 837,000 who did take the a medical test were found to be fit to work immediately, while a further **367,300 were judged able to some level of work. **…Only 232,000 (**one in eight of those tested) were classified by doctors to be too ill to do any sort of job. **… Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party chairman, said the old system was “evil” and accused Labour of **using sickness benefits to “hide the unemployed” when the party was in power. **
900,000 choose to come off sickness benefit ahead of tests - Telegraph
Sound familiar boys and girls?? Maybe instead of drug testing for welfare…we should put some teeth in SSD fraud enforcement.
The federal government now spends more on disability than food stamps and welfare combined. **
Once a worker qualifies, he or she possesses an asset producing a guaranteed income of $13,000 a year for life, plus free health care through the Medicare program. (Compare that with the average minimum-wage job, which offers only $15,000 a year without health care.) The benefits are far from extravagant, but they can offer older workers a bridge to the Social Security retirement age, and an early start on Medicare. Fewer than 1 percent of workers who go on DI ever leave the rolls.**
National Editorial: Soaring Social Security disability rolls headed for collapse | WashingtonExaminer.com
**Nearly six million Americans have been awarded SSDI benefits since January 2009. **
Those working poor making $10 bucks an hour with no benefits are chumps in Obama’s America.