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Cpl Jeff N.
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The government has a responsibility to means test entitlements to ensure tax payers are not being taken advantage of by people that will and are gaming the system. There is plenty of fraud, waste and abuse in disabilities payments and we all know it. People have figured it out and know how to get money from Uncle Sugar with only moderate effort.

The 2010 census found that 56 million Americans claimed some sort of disability. That is roughly 19% of the population, 1 in 5 people. The rising percentage of Americans claiming disability is very real and this in an age where medicine, therapies and other remedies are far more available than any other time in our history. Consider these changes from 1961 to 2011 in disability claims.

Issue 1961 2011

Heart Disease 25.7% 10.6%
Back Pain/skeletal 8.3% 33.8%
Mental illness 9.6% 19.2%

Others like Cancer and diabetes remained pretty constant, as a percentage, over time.

The system is being gamed and we need it fixed. No one would support not helping those truly in need. The rise in applicants and the percent of our population coupled with the type of disabilities claimed is just about all the proof you need we are being gamed.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Anybody who relies on politico for unbiased news is in bad shape. The ACA caused me to be terminated after 20 years of employment because of my service connected and other disabilities. At the end of June 2013 I was terminated from employment. Unfortunately I know many in northern Virginia who were 55 or older who were also terminated because the ACA was implemented.
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MCPO Roger Collins
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What a load of horse manure! Let's look at a real study. And similar situations with every other so-called cuts.

https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/facilitating-fraud-how-ssdi-gives-benefits-able-bodied
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