Monday, January 12, 2015

Staggering Increase in Use of Social Security Disability Since the Welfare was Reformed in the 1990s

This is from Mike Shedlock at Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis
  1. Every month 14 million Americans receive a disability check.
  2. In 1961 the leading cause of disability was heart disease and strokes, totaling 25.7% of cases. Back pain was 8.3% of cases.
  3. In 2011 the leading cause of disability was a hard to disprove back pain, totaling 33.8% of cases. The second leading cause was an equally difficult to disprove "mental illness" at 19.2%. Strokes and heart disease fell to 10.6%.
  4. In West Virginia, a whopping 9% of the population collects disability checks. In Arkansas, 8.2% are on disability, and in Alabama and Kentucky, 8.1% collect disability. In Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah, the figure is 2.9%.
  5. In Hale County Alabama 1 in 4 receive disability checks.
  6. Nearly every case in Hale County Alabama has Dr. Perry Timberlake in common.
  7. Those on Supplemental Security Income, a program for children and adults who are both poor and disabled is nearly seven times larger than 30 years ago.
  8. Once people go onto disability, they almost never go back to work. Fewer than 1 percent of those who were on the federal program for disabled workers at the beginning of 2011 have returned to the workforce.