Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Fraud is rampant in the Social Security Disability program according to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The committee recently completed a two-year study of disability claims under the guidance of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that found the system has systemic flaws.
Disability cases have increased greatly in recent years since the requirements have been relaxed and that has added to a high level of fraud that will bankrupt the system. Social Security Disability might run out of money in 18 months.
The Social Security Administration blames baby boomers but the committee said the backlog of cases has caused the Administration to become lax in reviewing applications.
Ten to fifteen percent of the people in just one town in Kentucky are collecting disability thanks to one questionable lawyer with interesting connections in the Administration. Sen. Coburn called it a ‘disability claim factory’.’ The DOJ is investigating.
This case is representative of the endemic problem in Social Security disability benefit awards, according to Sen. Coburn.
In a random study of 300 cases, more than 25% failed to meet the test.
More than 14 million Americans are now receiving disability benefits.
Sen. Cornyn wants to create a bipartisan commission which would provide specific legislative recommendations to the President and to Congress on ways to improve and strengthen the nation’s largest entitlement programs.
He might want to start with the lax approvals.
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