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Stop Attacking Social Security Disability

Health & Wellness  (tags: Social Security Disability, Congress, NCPSSM, disability, benefits, die yearly )

- 412 days ago -
Some members of Congress have started attacking Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits. It's incredibly difficult for applicants to qualify for disability benefits thousands die each year waiting for these benefits.

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AniMae C. (471)
Friday August 22, 2014, 7:04 pm
Yes it seems to be a new trend, Australian govt is also attacking those on disability pensions.

THANK YOU for taking action!
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA 26th)

Thanx Sheryl

Nancy W Is Away (43)
Friday August 22, 2014, 7:59 pm
Noted and signed
Sent to Maria Cantwell
Representative Suzane DelBene

GGmaSheila D. (175)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:09 pm
My democratic representative is more GOPTP than democrat.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:23 pm
We need to start attacking all the benefits that Congress people get. Given that two-thirds of the year they can barely be bothered to even show up, then they are getting way too much in the way of salaries. Let's cut their pay in half. Then let's give them insurance and pensions that are much more reflective of what most Americans get. I bet when they wonder how they are going to pay for their medications...they will suddenly start acting like human beings and develop a social conscience.

Mandi T. (441)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:47 pm


THANK YOU for taking action!

Giana Peranio-Paz (404)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:53 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Dandelion.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:54 pm
signed & noted, thnx.

PeaceGoodwill to All (80)
Friday August 22, 2014, 11:12 pm
Sorry Dandelion........US only can't sign

Shirley S. (179)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:20 am

A F. (129)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:26 am
done thanks

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:04 am

Christeen Anderson (647)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:32 am

Arild Warud (173)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:16 am
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Representative David B. McKinley (R-WV 1st)
Thanks Sheryl

Arlene C. (84)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:36 am
merci Dandelion

Edwin M. (348)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:40 am
Added my two cents to the message "Kicking people when they're down is one of the reasons people detest you as much as they do. It's only one of the reasons but an important one." Not that anyone actually reads any of these messages but I was able to let off some steam. Thanks Sheryl

Ben Oscarsito (370)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:21 am
I live in Sweden, however; -I sent e-mail message to:
Senator Richard J. Durbin
Senator Mark S. Kirk
Representative Danny K. Davis

Don H. (45)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:56 am
Thank you, Dandelion!

Largest military in the world by a huge margin but they whine about the disabled and characterize them as "useless eaters". Where did we hear this before, oh, yeah.

Wake up, people, it's later than you think.


Winn Adams (218)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:55 am
Noted - thanks Sheryl

Natasha Salgado (660)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:59 am
Signed-thx Dandelion

Pat B. (357)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:16 am
Definitely signed. Thanks.

I A (196)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:46 am
Noted and signed, Thank you Dandelion

. (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:46 am
There are too many people on Social Security Disability that do not deserve to be getting benefits. Namely, the lazy, young ones who do not want to work, and because they know the system, they use "mental problems" and "bipolar disorder" as their ticket to free money and health care. It seems so unfair, because there are so many physically disabled people who either cannot get on Social Security Disability or it takes them too long to get approved. For example, I recently spoke to a 50 year old cab driver who told me he is getting on Social Security Disability because he told them that he has bipolor disorder and, I quote, "They don't want to mess with that".

Lynn Squance (234)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 9:49 am

Goes right along side of not ratifying the UN proposal about the rights of people with disabilities.

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 9:56 am
noted and signed

Margaret M. F. (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:12 am
Signed & noted. Thank you.

Dandelion G. (383)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:57 am
I read your message Edwin and believe it or not, many read our comments even if they don't comment on the threads. We become a sounding board to each other. Sometimes we wonder; does anyone else feel like I do?
By writing our thoughts down, others are reading and saying to themselves, gee I guess there are others out there thinking like I do, or I never thought about it that way, so they rethink positions, or gain information they did not have. And yes, is always good to let go of some steam....lowers the blood pressure....

JL A. (287)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:25 pm
The data indicate how very hard and long the process to get SSD is. Sent again since this is a letter campaign where you can write multiple times to ensure your elected representatives hear your message. Noted and thanks for posting Dandelion--myths have been spewed misrepresenting the majority who paid for their benefits themselves before becoming disabled. Jesus told all his followers to help the infirm, not to attack them and try to make them homeless, without health care and to starve to death.

Judy C. (99)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:05 pm
To Mary, of course we don't want fraud to occur. However, we don't really know the full story behind all person's lives who have disability claims and may not look totally disabled. For instance, bipolar disorder can involve incredible suffering, and loss of contact with reality at times. Fraud should be investigated, but we can't let ourselves be subject to the divide and conquer strategy pointed out in the petition. Be aware too, that some receive partial disability payments, based on the extent of their disability. I fully agree with Brian and Don's comments. Absolutely signed. Thanks Dandelion.

Joanne Dixon (36)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:16 pm
The parable of the Good Samaritan tends to be brought up in discussing this type of issue. Attacking the disabled is beyond "passing by on the other side" of the wounded Jew. It's more like crossing the street deliberately to rub salt into those wounds. Despicable.

Many people seem to think mental health issues are easier to get disability for. This is not true. Even though those issues may be rooted in something like a head injury which can be proved and which even a mental health non-professional ought to be able to understand.

What we do seem to have an abundance of, however, is people who make up stories to "prove" that multitudes are gaming the system. And others who spread them around, for whatever reasons.

Jo S. (601)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:54 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Dandelion & Sheila for the forward.

Bella F. (94)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:44 pm

Kathleen Mireault (202)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:14 pm
Gladly signed and noted. Thanks, Dandelion. Good comments, as well...T/U!

Allen O. (200)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:22 pm
Signed and Noted - Thanks Dandelion and Sheila for forwarding

Dandelion G. (383)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:26 pm
We must remember that there are always those who will abuse any program, no matter what it is. However, the few who abuse should not eliminate the programs of those who are truly in need of them. That is sort of like the throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

We have bankers that have abused the banking system and Wall Street has abused it's privilege but we still have banks and no one has yet served a day in jail for what they did and has admitted to doing in some of the cases. If we want to start punishing "everyone" for what a few are doing, then I suggest we go after the truly big fraud cases first.

It is wise to also remember as well there are various disability programs, some are via private insurers that were paid into, so when people say they are on disability, it may be various types of disability, also Veterans can receive disability through that program and each program has their eligibility requirements as to what they look for.

Vicky P. (476)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:27 pm
noted, signed

Mariann Rannenberg (160)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:45 pm

Cynthia not well (340)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 6:21 am

kate K. (479)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:35 am
Noted and signed ty Dandelion

Lisa Neste (743)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:18 am
Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Richard M. Burr (R-NC)
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Representative Howard Coble (R-NC 6th)

Freya H. (339)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:54 am
Many people who receive disability Social Security simply cannot work. What are they supposed to do, beg? Soon every sidewalk will be thick with panhandlers in wheelchairs. Yes, there are a few cheats - but cutting off all disability SocSec because of that tiny minority is like preventing drunk driving by taking away everybody's car keys.

Terrie Williams (788)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:59 am
THANK YOU for taking action! SSN

Dandelion G. (383)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 11:03 am
Good analogy Freya.

Judith Hand (56)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 1:08 pm
Noted, signed with long comment. Manishewitz that took me a long time to consider and edit. I hope they read it.

Lois Jordan (61)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:52 pm
Message sent. Shared & noted. Thank you, Dandelion.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 6:39 pm
Noted and sent both.

Edith B. (145)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:40 pm
Signed and shared

Dawn W. (185)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:31 am
Hmmm! It seems the USA and Australia are in cahoots with their efforts to save a few miserable dollars at the expense of some of the most vulnerable people in society. Disability is not always overtly obvious and until one has walked a good few miles in the same shoes or slipped into same skin and tried it, there is no good reason to sit in judgement. Governments decide that because a few are crooks and schemers out of the thousands on disability payments that they should punish all. But do you ever see these bean counters ever taking less for themselves. NO! There is no way to tell what disability a person has by looking at them, looks can be deceiving.
So never sit around judging because you may not like the journey if you were to trade. So have compassion.

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Carmen Baez (36)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:39 am
Noted and signed, thanks

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 25, 2014, 4:01 pm
Very well stated Dawn. My husband had terminal cancer, and in the beginning he didn't look too bad either but he was given the paperwork by his Dr. for the handicap display for the car as he was having breathing issues.

His condition was only to grow worse as time went along so this was to give us time to get things going as he was still able to help himself then. He was given a 1 to 3 month life expectancy, although he managed to make 10 months by sheer will I think. One person, as my husband was leaving his car, rudely said to him something along the lines of "some handicap you look" a nasty tone. My husband died a few months later. People do not know always by looking what is going on, therefore they should keep their mouths shut.

Roberto M. (55)
Monday August 25, 2014, 5:21 pm
signed and noted

Krista Slavin (215)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:11 pm
Signed and noted

Gina Caracci (223)
Sunday November 9, 2014, 7:19 pm
petition no longer there
Im late as usual
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