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I'm defending my client against a lawsuit filed by someone on SSDI. Biggest leach I've ever seen. Plenty of others like him. That does not change the fact that there are people who legitimately cannot work. Another example of rotten apples ruining the bunch and a government lacking the resources to police it.
If we want to fix the system, we need to change the rules. The max wage limit for social security taxes needs to go. There is no legitimate reason to stop collecting the tax above $113,700 in wages. We need to shift the focus of government enforcement efforts off of petty drug crimes and onto fraud, both large and small. We waste resources on locking away a guy with a joint in his pocket and let fraudsters from the lowest SSDI leach to the largest bank off the hook. The pothead costs society nothing. The fraudsters suck money out of all of us. And, we need to do this without creating impossible hurdles for legitimate SSDI beneficiaries that delay or prevent their receipt of benefits.
We had a long conversation over dinner last night about the difficult job of balancing strict rules for preventing fraud on the one hand and the speed and efficiency to move quickly to provide life-saving benefits on the other. It came up in the context of organ transplants, but it translates well. There's a news story out there about a girl who, according to the strict rules, was too young to receive adult lungs as a transplant. Her parents had to sue and get a court order to push the transplant through and save her life. It's a perfect example of rules getting in the way of, instead of promoting, the right outcome. At the same time, to continue the organ transplant example, alcoholics receive liver transplants and drink their new livers to death, despite rules that are intended to prevent such outcomes.
Second example from dinner last night. The family of the woman sitting across from me had been through a 4-year lawsuit trying to get her father's medical insurance company to pay for his treatment after he fell down a flight of stairs and became quadriplegic. While I understand the insurance company's need to prevent people from faking lifestyle changing injuries just for a big payout, even the insurance company's attorney, off the record, told the family he thought it was ridiculous.
The rules and regulations regarding SSDI and social security in general need to be reveamped. I can be structured or modified to provide benefits that legitimate beneficiaries actually need while preventing the fraud and waste that everyone hollers about. We just need to have the will to sack up do something about it.
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