Thursday, February 5, 2015

AynRandy's Disturbing World

First, in the Tribble-Toupeed One's Disturbing World, the notoriously suspicious and chintzy SSI program, which rejects 60 percent of all claims and which pays an average of $1,100 per month on claims it does approve, is actually sending millions of dollars every month to every person who fakes a bad back or wakes up one morning feeling a little blue.

Steven M:

Steve Benen notes that government monitors don't see all the fraud Rand Paul claims to see:
Not too long ago the Inspector General of Social Security Administration did a thorough investigation of fraud in the disability-insurance program. The result was striking: less than 0.3% of disability payments were improper. (Or put another way, about 99.8% of the payments were legit.) When the Government Accountability Office went looking for disability fraud, it came up with similar findings.
It was startling to see physician and Senator Rand Paul claim the other day that people on disability were faking bad backs and anxiety to get on the dole and cheat the taxpayers. These are real ailments, sometimes totally debilitating, as anyone who has suffered from either can tell you. Severe back pain can make it impossible to work at any job, even those which only require sitting. Anxiety disorder is a terrible condition that can even make some people unable to even leave their house. What kind of medical doctor would deny such a thing? (If you answered, “one who will willingly trade his professional integrity for political points” you’d be right.)

But this is actually part of the GOP’s ongoing quest to degrade “entitlements” and make America’s health care system the worst in the world for anyone who isn’t wealthy. Their ongoing attack on Obamacare opened up a window to their underlying philosophy about affordable health care. (They’re not for it.) And now they are taking legislative aim at the Supplemental Security Income portion of the Social Security System. This is the program that makes it possible for people with disabilities to live without begging on the streets. Despite the fact that the congress has always routinely pushed money back and forth between the retirement and disability portions of the program as the need occurred, the Republicans in congress have decided that they no longer support doing such a thing. The result, if they have their way, would be to cut the meager stipends of millions of disable Americans within the next year.
Rand Paul also thinks vaccines cause "profound mental disorders."  But does he think people brain-damaged from vaccines should receive disability benefits?  Of course not.

Not convinced AynRandy is a motherfucking liar?  Dave Baker has more.

Want to get rid of slackers, moochers and takers?  Let's start with AynRandy, who can't be bothered to get the actual facts about Social Security Disability - a program that keeps a significant number of his Kentucky constituents from starving to death in the streets - and who thinks you're too stupid to figure out he's lying.

The brillo-headed little rat is a Total Dick. Charlie Pierce has the line "have I mentioned lately what a colossal dick Rick Santorum is."  We need something similar for Rand Paul.

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