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Are Disability Benefits A Form Of Unemployment Insurance?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jan 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bloomberg Business Week is out with a very interesting story on Social Security benefits. The authors have drawn a map that shows what parts of the country have the highest rates of people receiving disability benefits.

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The map shows that those areas most affected by the loss of jobs due to trade with China and Mexico have the highest rates of disability beneficiaries. These areas include the Deep South, rural sections of Western states and, most especially, Appalachia.

Some academics studying this phenomenon have concluded that Social Security disability benefits have become another form of unemployment insurance. The idea is that the federal government, via Social Security disability, is guaranteeing displaced workers a certain amount of income each month until those workers reach retirement age.

This approach aligns nicely with those scholars who think the government should provide a basic living income. If the federal government did give people a guaranteed wage when their livelihoods disappear, it would take many people out of the Social Security system. It would also shore up Social Security's funding because the guaranteed income would likely require a different source of money than the Social Security trust fund.

The Bloomberg article gives you much to think about. It is well worth reading. If you would like to discuss this, or anything else, please let me know.

Read the Bloomberg Article Here

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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