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  •  Oh, I don't know (4+ / 0-)

    How about offering to trade better auditing of SS disability claims in return for for full funding of SS Admin expenses, the VA, and , and no more action on SS in this congress?

    •  Plus of course the increases (3+ / 0-)

      Sherrod Brown is talking about

    •  Full funding of SS Admin expenses (2+ / 0-)
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      is not the tradeoff for but instead the key to better auditing of SS disability claims.

      Pixie5 is 100% correct here about the difficulty of qualifying for SSDI. But maybe not highlighting the right point.

      In my view Congressional starvation of Social Security Admin (even though it is not funded via 'On Budget' funds, it goes through the Appropriations process) has forced SSA into its current pattern of denying almost all initial DI claims only to approve most of them on appeal. Because they don't have the staffing and funding to do the review right the first time through. With the result that the claim is denied and the action clock moved to the appellant. And BTW you see the same thing with the VA and their disability percentage and service related calculations. Both programs have strict timelines to handle initial claims and the way to meet that is to stamp the claim either 'Denied' or 'Incomplete'

      This isn't because SSA or VA staff are monsters, instead they are almost as much victims of the process as the disabled workers and veterans they end up screwing around.

      Of course there is fraud in both SSDI and VA disability. On the other hand the way we tease that fraud out comes at the cost of having actual disabled workers and veterans dying in poverty and without appropriate health care because of claim delays. In a rational world we would double the amount of money spent reviewing and approving initial claims in both programs and then pursue recovery in that small minority of fraudsters. That is Approve First, Audit Second. Instead staff is forced by (mostly Republican) Congressional sociopathy to Deny First, Approve Later - If Gramps or Gramma or Sgt York is Still Alive.

      SocSec dot.Defender at - founder DK Social Security Defenders Group

      by Bruce Webb on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:22:01 AM PDT

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      •  That is in part (1+ / 0-)
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        What I had in mind. Immigration is the latest area where the GOP feels it can keep cutting funds and then criticize the White House for relaxing the rules and not enforcing the ones that remain.

        Even the Children of Israel found it hard to make (mud) bricks without straw.

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