Disability awards for heart disease and cancer have roughly the same frequency as they did 30 years ago. But benefits for mental illness have increased 177%. There is no reason for mental illness to incapacitate more workers now than 30 years ago. It looks like some able-bodied people are abusing the system.
Disability benefits are funded by payroll taxes. Job-creating employers and hard-working employees are bearing the burden. Each misleading disability claim is preventing industrious Americans from being able to support their families. The abuse of the federal disability system hurts more than the workforce. It also hurts the severely disabled, who really are incapable of working. The disability program is on track to go broke in 3 years. When it does, many veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other legitimately disabled people, will lose their financial stability. Our elected officials need to reform the system so that the available money can be spent on the truly disabled.
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