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Most Americans go to work every day in spite of their ailments

To The Daily Sun,

The federal government receives approximately 250,000 new applicants for disability insurance each month. Although more and more services are becoming available to aid people with disabilities, the number of registered disabled people is climbing at an alarming rate (doubling every 15 years). We have perfected mechanical legs and artificial hips to help people walk. We have improved hearing aids to help people here. And we have computer programs that read for blind people. With these and other advances in medical science it makes no sense that these numbers are climbing so rapidly.

The most upsetting part about this paradox is that the government doesn't publicize disability claims it in the same way they do job reports. These numbers should be reported alongside welfare, unemployment, and job numbers. There are currently 9 million people in the United States that are classified as disabled peoples, qualifying them for government funded payments and health care. According to a recent study by reporter Chara Joff, more than half of the registered disabled people are fraudulent. People are fabricating stories and excuses in order to be considered unable to work. Not only are these fraudulent people stealing taxpayer dollars, but they are also offending those who actually need disabled insurance.

I wanted to personally verify Chara's research, so I set up an interview with a man who society deemed "unable to work". I asked him how he was disabled, and he responded, "Well, I have high blood pressure". After I told him that doesn't qualify him for disabled benefits he quickly informed me that he also had diabetes. I was shocked. The government is paying this gentleman over a thousand dollars each month and paying his health care bills. There are millions of people in corporate America that go to work every day in spite with one ailment or another. In spite of their illnesses, they still find a way to be productive. Where are we going to draw the line? As a country we need figure out a better way to identify those who are really in need.

Scott Merrill

Meredith

 
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