Monthly Archives: January, 2013

Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria | Alternet

Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria | Alternet.

Very political, but the arguments made are sound

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Bias settlement could give thousands new hearings on disability claims

The complaint was brought against the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Michael Astrue, by eight disabled individuals whose disability benefit claims were rejected by one of five ALJs — David Nisnewitz, Marilyn Hoppenfeld, Seymour Fier, Michael Cofresi and Hazel Strauss. They work in the Queens Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, which is part of the Social Security Administration.

The complaint said that the ALJs created a “brick wall of bias” and accused them of systematically ignoring medical evidence, failing to adhere to legal standards and depriving claimants of fair hearings.

via Bias settlement could give thousands new hearings on disability claims.

Sadly, because Social Security refuses to address the issues of many ALJ’s systematically ignore the rules and regulations, deciding hearings regardless of the evidence, and offering up pseudo hearings when the decision is anti-claimant (as they are addressing the issue when the ALJ seems to ignore the rules and is pro-claimant) a lawsuit like this was necessary and may lead to more.

And if you wonder if the ALJ’s involved were removed, they were not.  Due to the rules it is beyond difficult to remove them.

Fraud And Disability Equal A Multibillion Dollar Black Hole For Taxpayers – Forbes

Fraud And Disability Equal A Multibillion Dollar Black Hole For Taxpayers – Forbes.

Another biased and uneducated attack on the disability system.  Once again, people choose to speak about a system they have not bothered to learn anything about and try to interpret the laws not even understanding what the words they are trying to interpret mean.  And of course, it would not be a proper attack if we did not ignore the actual facts and only included tiny bits and pieces that at first glance seem to support our claim, yet when one delves further down, actually do not.

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