60 Minutes uncovers how the federal disability system is being GAMED

A good report from 60 minutes on how the federal disability system is being gamed at mega taxpayer expense:

Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.

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  • ODA315

    Good piece. This is the type of work they routinely did in the past. NOT puff pieces on the Wookie’s biceps.

  • mike mace

    “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” – Bastiat

  • c4pfan

    Hello, the Government wants people gaming it! It wants more and more people to be dependent on them and think they deserve that money.

    • Dapandico

      Growing the Plantation of Dependency.

  • “If Americans knew what was going on, half would be outraged the other half would be applying…” I think that’s why we’re at where we’re at. People have known that this is scammed for years. Just like welfare or any other government program. Heck I knew an idiot who was getting nearly a thousand a month for disability, because she didn’t “like people”. This is pathetic. Its never been the feds job to “help” people. Private organizations used to. More excuse for nanny state.

    • jondos

      Yup, it is very disappointing isn’t it? And I wish disability was the only entitlement program getting scammed, but it isn’t! I know a fellow who claims children on his tax returns to get more back and guess what? No children, and this has been going on for years. Another woman just quit her job while pregnant and the Feds moved in with Medicaid and food stamps and child care for up to 5 years old. In the mean time she lives with her boyfriend who has a good job and insurance for himself. Needles to say they don’t get married to keep the benefits coming. When my mother was little her family had to go on “Relief”, as welfare was called back in the day. They hated to even talk about it because they were embarrassed. It was a social stigma to not be able to care for your own family. They had a father who was a drunk and couldn’t support his family. Imagine that happening now! People go around bragging now about how they game the system.

      • kong1967

        If that guy gets caught claiming kids on his returns that he doesn’t have, he will probably go to prison. The IRS is pretty good at catching that stuff, so it’s odd that he has gotten away with it for so long.

        It’s more common to get away with what the woman you mentioned is doing. Drawing benefits while living with a boyfriend. I knew someone that lied and claimed the boyfriend didn’t live with her.

        These people take a huge risk. These crimes are investigated upon suspicion, and if they happen to be the unlucky number…..they’re done.

        I do agree, though, that the number of people that break the law this way are massive in number.

        • warpmine

          That’s probably on his withholding for the W-4. People do this all the time so they get more of what they earn and in the end some will just not get as big of a return possibly owing the govt. When he files his tax return, he’ll be required to provide SS numbers to claim tax credits and rebates that is of course he’s doing as I suspect he is described above. If you have a brain and want to starve the beast everyone here would do the same thing. If not, you’re giving the govt an interest free loan for a year. Ponder that. Stupid, it’s the gift that keeps giving.

          • kong1967

            If that’s what the guy is doing that’s not illegal. He just can’t file his tax return that way.

        • jondos

          I should perhaps mention that in both cases the people are of Hispanic decent. I don’t know if that makes a difference to the government.

          • kong1967

            I don’t know, either. I know a lot of people cheat the system, though.

    • kong1967

      I saw a guy in front of Judge Judy say that he was on disability because he didn’t get along with people.

      I think it’s a needed system because if you’re truly disabled you truly cannot work. What are we gonna do? Stick a bunch of people in wheelchairs in the back alleys to fend for themselves?

      However, it’s people like the guy I mentioned that are going to put the truly disabled at risk. It’s going to collapse the system, and boy would Obama be happy about that.

  • mediaaccess

    It’s not the federal government’s responsibility.

  • kong1967

    It will be up to the U.S. DoJ to determine whether or not that lawyer is breaking the law? Are you kidding me? This administration is encouraging people to get on disability and he’s lowering the standards. He wants people on the government dole. Good luck with Holder not turning his head.

    • Julie Hanratty-Jacobs

      I’d be willing to bet my last nickle the attorney is an Obama donor!

      • One of the biggest slip and fall lawyers in our state is a big contributor. I saw him on dear leader’s list of donors last election and it didn’t surprise me at all.

      • kong1967

        Lol, I would too.

    • wtd

      I am familiar with individuals who are declared 100% disabled, collect a monthly check and have no intention of seeking training for alternate form of employment since they collect more on disability than they would have when employed/taxed. For instance, one individual can no longer do commercial truck maintenance due to knee injuries which occurred on the job in 1997 and mulitple failed knee replacement surgeries since. Obviously this individual can no longer do the physical end of the job, yet nothing in that disability would prevent this individual from utilizing valuable knowledge on the administrative end . . .except for satisfaction with current handout. Another individual has been on disability since being diagnosed with post partum depression in 1981 and utterly refuses to consider ‘work’ since she is comfortable getting by on disability handout. Both of them (unrelated) voted for the current occupant of the oval office.

      • kong1967

        Amazing, isn’t it? People get used to handouts and then they don’t want to go back to work.

        • oldhickory49

          Yep, socialism and the welfare state destroy the human spirit. That’s the bottom line. It’s poison.

          • kong1967

            Bingo.

    • wtd

      I am familiar with individuals who are declared 100% disabled, collect a monthly check and have no intention of seeking training for alternate form of employment since they collect more on disability than they would have when employed/taxed. For instance, one individual can no longer do commercial truck maintenance due to knee injuries which occurred on the job in 1997 and mulitple failed knee replacement surgeries since. Obviously this individual can no longer do the physical end of the job, yet nothing in that disability would prevent this individual from utilizing valuable knowledge on the administrative end . . .except for satisfaction with current handout. Another individual has been on disability since being diagnosed with post partum depression in 1981 and utterly refuses to consider ‘work’ since she is comfortable getting by on disability handout. Both of them (unrelated) voted for the current occupant of the oval office.

  • WhiteGuy2

    Ive been working for 30 yrs. The past 20 yrs have been hell with my spine slowly degenerating. MRI shows extensive damage, degenerative disk disease, bulging disk, bone spurs from base of head to pelvis.Every single vertebra is damaged. At some point in the future I simply wont be able to work any longer. These scammers will have made it impossible for anyone who has legitimate disabilities to acquire assistance.

  • warpmine

    All part of the strategy provided by Cloward and Piven. Working great so far.

  • Sentinel

    Government and Lawyers involved in fraud? Shocking.

  • HCTUB

    You want to talk about disability fraud , talk to the fraud in the White House .

  • iaintlyin

    The real shocking ststistic on this topic was not even included in the show. Do a little homework and see how many people in Puerto Rico are approved for this Disability program. I read an article in the WSJ a few months back and the fraud and corruption that was exposed in that article was as nauseating as what we were shown last night on 60 minutes. I wonder why the shows producers didn’t bring the PR dilemma out. If I remember correctly the island of Puerto Rico is in the administrative hands of NY when doling out the SSD. I’ll try to find a link for you later but right now I got errands to run, sorry.

  • timerunnersc

    That is part of the communist agenda over load all social programs.

    Obama and democrats want us in the streets. Like we saw all across the middle east and for the same reason, to bring on the muslim brotherhood take over helped and executed by federal enforcements who would be blind to their involvement in to helping to bring down their nation.

    That is exactly what happened in Germany with the German Brown shirts , they help Hitler maintain law and order, that is until Hitler no longer needed them and had them all shot on sight, Then Hitler henchmen the SS took full control, then came the death camps. Yeah by the way they had death panels their too!

    Does anyone really doubt obama and his party are not capable of such atrocities?

    Remember Reids Reply to the reporter when she asked him about funding health care for the children dieing of cancer for lack of treatment, his answer
    WHY SHOULD I then went he went on to blaster her for her question?
    Obama care death panels, at some point If not stopped, millions will be murdered by the barbarians.

    http://therightscoop.com/outrageous-obama-kicking-people-out-of-their-homes-during-shutdown-because-they-live-on-federal-land/

    History with its evil is repeating and their is no force on earth that will stop it this time.

    Children in German Concentration Camps. The Germans and Muslims working together captured these children and their families. History is repeating itself.

    Please do not watch this video unless you feel you must, warning it is absolutely horrific. Muslims say this isn’t true, the German people say they didn’t know, I say burn in hell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjFZtvfvY3A

  • Francis Flandro

    Oh, and 60 minutes has never heard of the “Cloward and Piven” Road to Communism?

  • imatellau

    They didn’t even touch WHO these people are or how they gained knowledge of the program!
    I noticed the woman shot dead by Capitol police was driving a very nice car, and she was employed as a dental hygienist. In texas it’s a good job to have but I don’t think you could afford a newer model infinity? Good credit? Or tax free income? Just asking?
    I see it more and more! People you know a ballpark of what they make yet they drive new cars?
    Then the report said the could be making 6-800 or even 1100 a month.
    Makes one wonder.

  • Wigglesworth

    I remember there was a drug bust in the news and everyone arrested was on disability and had EBT cards.

    • Soka Sema

      I remember going to a grocery store checkout line behind students going to an expensive college. They were yapping away about themselves, One isnt even an American , she’s from France and gets hundreds in food stamps a month

  • Soka Sema

    When my Mom went to retire 2 years ago, SS automatically signed her up for food stamps and disability even tho she’s healthy and doenst need any of it.
    She gets 8 dollars a month in foodstamps for no reason.
    Obama and his hordes are signing people up for programs to get them enrolled in them in order to increase their preceived dependance on them.

  • jgilman1

    Wow, 60 minutes “uncovers” something Coburn distributed a massive report on two years ago, good work Kroft.

  • PapaLouie

    Eric Conn is living up to his name. AmERICa has been CONNed enough by him and his ilk.

  • spin43

    Obama wants all to be working for or dependent on the central government with him being the CEO of all production. All earnings go to the feds and they distribute according to what they believe you need and how loyal a subject you are to the dictatorship.

  • jamie fegley

    i agree very much with everything everyone has to say about all those people getting disablility who do not need it. but on the other hand there are people like me who need it and can’t get it no matter how hard i try. I am a 30 year old married mother of 4 and i have had 3 back surgeries leaving me with rods,screws,and a cage in my back.. along wit serve athritis in both of my feet and ankle in all 4 joint in both feet.. also am struggling with fiber mialga issues.I have applied and have gotten denied 3 times and everytime i get denied i statement is made because of your age.. what does my age matter when you can give it to someone who is a drunk or a drug addict at 30… we are struggling so bad to pay bill and do everything else… i feel so bad telling my kids no they can’t have something at the store but i have no money, can’t work, and my doctor don’t want to disable me or let me work so here i am with nothing., is there ant help out there. if you help me please email me [email protected]

  • Every program is envisioned as a “small program.” Get with the program, Steve.