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originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: wantsome
Social programs are to Republicans what holy water is to demons.
For clients who have been retired for several years, it will be like déjà vu all over again. Similar no COLA years occurred in 2010 and 2011 — the only two times since automatic COLAs were instituted in 1975 that Social Security recipients received no bump-up in benefits. Those two years of no COLAs was followed by a 3.6% hike for 2012, and more modest increases of 1.7% in 2013, 1.5% in 2014 and 1.7% in 2015.
originally posted by: wantsome
a reply to: mikell
In my state getting disability is nearly impossible. I have schizophrenia and a mountain of medical documentation. I've been a patient of my current doctor for 16 years. He's a MD and offers outpatient services through the hospital he works at. My doctors is well known in the medical community in my area. When I applied for disability I had to see one of social securities doctors. She knew my doctor and in her report she approved that I was disabled. The claims examiner over ruled her and said I wasn't. The claims examiner said I was intelligent and trying to pull one over on the system. When I went to court the disability judge called my doctor a liar and said his review was just being sympathetic to my cause.
I have documentation all the way back to the 2nd grade showing I have severe psychological issues. I was involuntarily hospitalized twice for hallucinations and delusions when I was 19. I've been under treatment for 20 years.
I was approved for ssi disability when I was 20. I went to work instead of staying on it. I spent 10 years in the workforce before conceding to my illness and applying for disability. It took me 6 years to get disability.
I take some seriously mind numbing antipsychotic drugs. One morning I was running late on my way to work. I was having a hard time getting up in the mornings because of the medications. Half drugged and totally out of it one morning I ran a red light and almost killed 3 school kids. I had been accused by a couple of employers of being on narcotics because I was out of it when I came in. Because of the stress I was under I started having hallucinations and I could no longer work. Yet according to the judge my doctor and I were lying. I was denied disability 4 times.