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Subject:  Re: Disability: How the unemployed survive Date:  3/24/2013  9:52 PM
Author:  telegraph Number:  48545 of 73806

"There would be less people on disability if you had a higher minimum wage and universal health care."

I doubt it. Universal health care - but obviously folks gotta pay for it. In most places in EU , they take about 8.5% of your paycheck. Your employer also pays 8.5% or more. That's 17% of a paycheck, no matter how big or small.

It's a racket over here now. I know of one friend......who got his girlfriend onto SS disability. SHe could work but couldn't stand all day. Had some minor health issues. Most folks would just keep working. She lost her job......and he got one of these lawyer sharks to take her case.

They arranged 'doctor visits' and 'tests' to prove that she was 'disabled' and unable to work. took about 6 months for it to get processed. Now, she's collecting a nice check at age 57, got on Medicare a year later (cheap for her gold plated insurance), and he and she go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week and work out. Sweet deal.

Just have a 'bad back' or 'chronic pain' or 'chronic fatigue' or something like that.

Heck, if I had to work after I got 'downsized'.....and couldn't find a job and had to have something, there's a chance I would have used my medical history to file a 'disability claim' and get a nice fat pension for life. What do you get? Right, you get what you would get from SS if you were 'full retirement age'!.....and it wo