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Old 04-24-2012, 06:24 AM   #1
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SS Trust Fund to run dry sooner than anticipated

Social Security’s financial forecast gets darker; Medicare’s outlook unchanged - The Washington Post

The budget outlook for Social Security is getting dimmer, the US government said, with its primary trust fund now projected to run dry three years sooner than anticipated...
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:41 AM   #2
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This is not surprising given the reduced FICA contribution that employees have last year and this. Even with the increase in medicare tax in 2014 as part of the affordable care act, Medicare is underfunded/overspent.
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Im shocked really I am

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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This is not surprising given the reduced FICA contribution that employees have last year and this. Even with the increase in medicare tax in 2014 as part of the affordable care act, Medicare is underfunded/overspent.
In theory the reduced FICA amount was made up by the general fund. That should have no direct effect on SS solvency.

The accelerated solvency problems are driven by out-of-work people retiring to SS earlier than usual and more people out of work not contributing payroll taxes.

Another, under the radar cause is people out of work getting themselves declared "disabled" and going on permanent SS disability. This is the fastest growing part of the SS budget.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:27 AM   #5
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Every day I see healthy appearing person "scamming" the disability system. 40 yr olds with normal spines claiming back pain. Don't know just how pervasive this is (ie, don't have hard data on this), but it would appear that the nation of "food stamps" is also a nation of "I can't work, give me a monthly check" for my fibromyalgia". Please refrain from hate-mail, I know there are plenty of people who justifiably need SSDI, but those who don't are robbing the social security system (read: stealing from seniors).
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Scams like this should also push insolvency along.

My neighbor was an airline pilot and left his wife for a very young stewardess. They made some babies and then he retired. So now we pay him, his kids and don't forget the young wife SS bennies. This makes sense, no?
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Please refrain from hate-mail, I know there are plenty of people who justifiably need SSDI, but those who don't are robbing the social security system (read: stealing from seniors).
To the extent this is perceived as "theft" it's not from seniors -- at least not today's seniors. To the extent this jeopardizes the solvency of the program, the burden will be carried by future generations of retirees who are today's workers.
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From all accounts, it is reeeealy hard to get SSDI. Personally, I think there are other places where the gummint throws money away.
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To the extent this is perceived as "theft" it's not from seniors -- at least not today's seniors. To the extent this jeopardizes the solvency of the program, the burden will be carried by future generations of retirees who are today's workers.
Interestingly, there was an article in the WSJ, last week I think about this very topic. Apparently, the growth in the SSI disability program is vastly larger than the population as a whole. Dont remember the exact statistics but it does not surprise me in the least. I know serveral unempoyed folks who are turning down jobs to run the 99 weels dry. So, not surprising in the least.

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From all accounts, it is reeeealy hard to get SSDI. Personally, I think there are other places where the gummint throws money away.
No personal experience but when i see lawyers advertising on TV about how they can help this along, i know its a gold mine for them.

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No personal experience but when i see lawyers advertising on TV about how they can help this along, i know its a gold mine for them.

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I am continually shocked at how people are not aware of what goes on in the world around them. There is solid evidence on a daily basis of these scams, yet not only do we tolerate them, we pretend they are not real or downplay the magnitued. I just interpreted two disability xrays (chest and lumbar spine) in a 39 y.o female with an umbilical ring and they are both NORMAL. And guess who is paying for the xrays?
So yeah, I guess I must be imagining this stuff.
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The lawyers don't need to be successful for their clients in order to be raking it in.
Not sure this is true, most of these "Ambulance Chasers" for lack of a better word, work on contingency. Someone who wants SSI, especailly if its marginal, probably does not have the means to pay hourly. I could be wrong though.

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There is solid evidence on a daily basis of these scams, yet not only do we tolerate them, we pretend they are not real or downplay the magnitued.
Well, present the solid evidence.
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Not sure this is true, most of these "Ambulance Chasers" for lack of a better word, work on contingency. Someone who wants SSI, especailly if its marginal, probably does not have the means to pay hourly. I could be wrong though.

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Solid is perhaps not the best word choice. For me personally, I try to watch the sources of info and the way things are presented as best I can to account for bias and spin. It was just too weird that after my first post, I encountered a healthy 39 year old seeking SSDI. This, IMHO seems like very real, tangible evidence supporting the above referenced Wall Street Journal article and the ongoing observations around me. This is just my opinion (which directly relates to the topic of SS solvency); if I was a disability lawyer or scammer, I'm sure I would see things differently.
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Please, enlighten us with data.
No data, but i believe its true. I dont see how a lawyer, especially from a firm that has a televising budget is going to make money hourly. My only experience is from the our real estate lawyer, and she charges 140/hr and its painful. I make a good living, but there is not way i could pay a lawyer hourly if that rate is anywhere near the norm. My money is on contingency

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Scams like this should also push insolvency along.

My neighbor was an airline pilot and left his wife for a very young stewardess. They made some babies and then he retired. So now we pay him, his kids and don't forget the young wife SS bennies. This makes sense, no?
Sound's like a good gig, especially if they all get travel benefits as well.
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Sound's like a good gig, especially if they all get travel benefits as well.
Don't forget his pension also.
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