Sen. Coburn: Half Of Approved Disability Applications Are Fraudulent
(CBS News) The Social Security Administration, which runs the disability program
says the explosive surge is due to aging baby boomers and the lingering effects
of a bad economy. But Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the
Senate Subcommittee for Investigations -- who's also a physician -- says it's
more complicated than that.
Last year, his staff randomly selected hundreds of disability files and found that 25 percent of them should never have been approved -- another 20 percent, he said, were highly questionable.
Tom Coburn: If all these people are disabled that apply, I want 'em all to get it. And then we need to figure out how we're going to fund it. But my investigation tells me and my common sense tells me that we got a system that's being gamed pretty big right now.
And by a lot of different people exploiting a vulnerable system. Coburn says you need look no further than the commercials of disability lawyers trolling for new clients. Namely, the two thirds of the people who have already applied for disability and been rejected. There's not much to lose, really. It doesn't cost you anything unless you win the appeal and the lawyers collect from the federal government.
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