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Social Security under fire

By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Posted: 2 pm ET

The Social Security Administration has begun warning recipients that unless the debt ceiling is raised by Oct. 17, it might not be able to pay all benefits that are due after that date.

In consultation with the Treasury Department, Social Security is reportedly telling beneficiaries who ask: "Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk."

And on Monday, a Senate committee released a report accusing a retired West Virginia administrative law judge, David B. Daugherty, of colluding with a Kentucky attorney, Eric C. Conn, to approve more than 1,800 Social Security disability cases during a four-year period. The report alleges that Conn paid five doctors nearly $2 million to rubber-stamp the cases. Conn himself received more than $4.5 million in attorney fees directly from the Social Security Administration during that period.

Social Security has been investigating the case and placed Daugherty on administrative leave in 2011. He retired shortly thereafter. Conn is accused of shredding most of the evidence.

Nearly 11 million disabled workers, spouses and children get Social Security disability benefits today, up from 8.3 million in 2011 and just 1.4 million in 1970. The average monthly worker benefit is $1,130. Social Security has blamed the increase on the rising number of aging baby boomers who are too young to receive retirement benefits.

All of this adds up to a retirement planning fiasco. No matter how you think it should be accomplished, getting the nation's economy and financial systems back on solid footing has to be a priority. Part of that job includes adopting reforms that will insure that Social Security can continue to pay its obligations.

How would you get that job done?

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67 Comments
belinda martinez
February 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

I also agree, to the above, and also S.S.. should have or hire someone to track this disabled people down. Some are recieving their money monthly, and are working full time jobs, and getting paid under the table. Also there r alot of store owner, out there hiring people without papers, or legal documents, so they r enjoying their paychecks, but not contributing to S.S. like the rest of us. I just think this is so unfair.

Joseph
November 04, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Its our money, LEAVE US ALONE

Delbert
October 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

IT"S no wonder that social security is in such a state first of all I am not a racist and I do thank GOD that we live in a nation that so far is the Home of the FREE and the Brave but this Nation is in a MESS Thanks to our so called GOVERNMENT IT"S no longer WE THE PEOPLE IT"s WE THE GOVERNMENT. But Had we not let numerous Illegal Aliens into our Country and gave them more rights than the people who were born here my opinion is that their own country uses them like slaves and pays them very little to nothing they should not be treated as such and also their Government should be ASHAMED VERY ASHAMED

Leonard Oppie
October 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Stop spending 2 billion dollars a day to park aircraft carriers outside countries that mean nothing to us and use that money to pay the people who actually deserve disability! Its not rocket science, and no one asked us if its ok to spend all that money on something that means nothing to us. For them to even say that our money we paid in all those years is gone is unacceptable to me, stop spending our money on things that mean nothing to us and put it where it belongs! You knew the Baby Boomers were coming and yet you did nothing but spend our money irresposibly! Its your mess and our money and we expect you to fix it! There comes a point where you have to realize maybe you just have too many irons in the fire! You tell us we have no money yet funds flow to Egypt and other countries that are insignificant to us and this is unacceptable, shut up and fix it already!

Larry Hershenson
October 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I am totally opposed to fraud and misrepresentation of medical information being used to provide benefits to those individuals who are using the system to illegally receive compensation. I have a son who is disabled and I know first hand how important it is for him to receive this benefit. He is unable to work and is severely depressed that he can not provide income to support himself. He is 22 years old has been in therapy since he was 13. His attitude towards life has been completely impacted through this benefit and he now looks forward to each new day, as his stress is slowly being reduced. I support our system of government to expose these individuals and to prosecute them to the maximum penalty of our law. Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts and trust that our system of justice will prevail.

Marie Odom
October 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I agree with all the above. I started working at age 12 and now at age 74 have been retired for 5 years. Every paycheck was less Social Security, Medicare, Federal and State tax, and until late years, a % of medical insurance. I feel i have worked all my life to now pay for those who could work, but don't, and/or who have so many babies (many illegitimate) for the purpose of getting monies; food stamps which sometimes are sold for cash with which to buy liquor, cigarettes and drugs. It's a sad hard living here in my "golden years"..If our powers that be wore my shoes for a month, they would be more appreciative of a Dollar and less supportive of "freebies" to the undeserving.

jane do
October 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

these lawyers need to quiet ad off tv for disability its just the easy way to put money in their pockets.if they stop all that their may not be to many people on ss that do not need it

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