Fox News has been saying that people are faking disabilities to get SSI payments, according to a post I just saw on Facebook, and that it's ruining the US economy. It's a link to an article in Media Matters. They are the people who do the well-respected show Counterspin, heard on many public radio stations including KANW in Albuquerque, that points out examples of conservative and corporatist bias in the media.
"Only about 1 in 25 Americans receive disability benefits, but nearly 1 in 5 Americans have a disability," says Media Matters. They point out that more Americans than ever have disabilities because modern medicine lets people live longer, so that we have a larger population of old people than we would have, and it's also letting people survive conditions that would have killed them in the past, though not always without them being disabled.
"Furthermore, as Media Matters has repeatedly and extensively documented,
despite Fox's never-ending campaign to demonize Social Security
disability, it is not an "option" that out-of-work individuals can rely
on if they do not have severe disabilities. The eligibility criteria are
stringent, with waiting periods that are typically months long, and more than half of all applicants are denied. There is also no evidence that people receiving disability benefits are hurting the economy."
Again proving the point that Fox News isn't a good place to get your facts.