Benefit program wrongfully representing taxpayers

Friday, September 21, 2012
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Alarm bells are ringing in response to a Senate report that shows 25 percent of Social Security disability benefits were improperly awarded. But one non-partisan advocate for overburdened taxpayers isn't overly shocked.

According to Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), it should come as a surprise to no one that there are improper payments throughout the federal government's benefit program.

Sepp, Pete (NTU)"What is news is how high the improper payment rate is in the disability programs; and worse, how many problems the federal administrative law system is contributing to the improper payment and the taxpayer waste abuse problem," he asserts.

The findings conclude an 18-month investigation by the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Three-hundred cases between 2006 and 2010 were selected randomly.

"Every time benefits are wrongly awarded, the cost to taxpayers is at least $300,000," Sepp relays. "That's the lifetime benefit that a typical disability recipient ends up getting."

He contends the entire process for approving disability benefits deserves scrutiny, as the report found cases in which benefits were awarded solely on a one-page document that was filled out the day before a hearing. Also, a person who was disabled as of April 2007 for carpal tunnel syndrome was working as a bartender several months later. There are even instances of people driving automobiles after claiming severe arm injuries.

"It has almost become mechanical on the part of many administrative law judges to just take a quick peek at some documentation, perhaps not even ask questions of the people at the hearings, and just rubber-stamp the benefits," Sepp concludes. "That's in large part, I think, because what we're talking about here is other people's money -- and the other people are the American taxpayers. They are not being adequately represented in this process."

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which entities do you feel can have the greatest impact for positive change in American culture?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Nearly 50 people taken to hospitals after Texas tornado
At 100 days in, Trump rallies backers in PA, claims 'change'
Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes
1 dead amid flooding, strong thunderstorms in Midwest
Cuban military plane crashes, killing 8 troops on board
Russian rallies urge Putin not to run again; dozens arrested
Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business
Macron hunts for French rural votes, Le Pen cheers new ally

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump ridicules media at Pa. rally: 'They deserve a big, fat failing grade'
Bill O’Reilly offers cryptic hint about return to television
Trump urged to nominate more than 100 federal judges ... now
Another impotent NK missile test by defiant Kim Jong-un
100 days of disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential script

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Institute fears U.N. treaty could be pro-abortion

A United Nations treaty working its way through the U.S. Senate reveals a hidden agenda that could be dangerous to children in the womb.