Tad DeHaven writes for CATO@LIBERTY and he says of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that "What was supposed to be a narrowly tailored program to help individuals who could no longer work has blossomed into a gigantic budgetary burden that acts more like an unemployment program. Indeed, the number of individuals receiving SSDI benefits has jumped more than 10 percent in the last two recessionary years. So a large number of people seem to be abusing the system by claiming disability in order to get government handouts."
I would love to see DeHaven's data; something other than a supposition or a "seems to be" assumption.
Unfortunately, as the video above showing a cruel attack on a man with Parkinson's (PD) indicates, many people besides DeHaven feel that SSDI recipients are deadbeats.
In the absence of hard facts, Mr. DeHaven, dangerous reaction will step in. People receiving SSDI benefits go through a rigorous screening that will often take two years. They are not given a hand out, they are not "gaming" the system.
When a disabled person is approved for benefits, he is getting what he or she has earned by working and supporting the system.