Idiotic article on Social Security Disability by someone who knows nothing about how the system works.
From the the article linked below: "The current program does a poor job defining disabilities, screening applicants, and monitoring beneficiaries to ensure that only those truly unable to work receive benefits."
In actuality, disability examiners and judges consider all medical conditions not just based on the name of the diagnosis, but with regard to their limiting effects on functional capability, both physical and mental. Adjudicators determine if the condition may be considered severe or non-severe. If severe, the process determines whether those limitations are severe enough to rule out the ability to return to one's past work.
If going back to one's past work is not possible, this still does not mean that a person is approved for disability. They must still be found unable to perform some type of other work. This is where the process becomes more detailed and offers more fairness to claimants because the process takes into consideration an individual's age (older individuals are less able to transition to other types of new work), their education and skills (fewer of both means fewer jobs to switch to), and their rated limitations (being unable to get up on a ladder or see very well, or sit for long periods will rule out a lot of different types of jobs).
My long-term observation is that for certain individuals, like the writer of the article, being "truly unable to work" essentially means being confined to a wheelchair. They take a completely unrealistic appraisal of how employment really works and, thus, are completely unsympathetic to individuals who have significant health issues.
More nonsense from the heritage foundation
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