Nonsequitur: Double Dipping at the Safety Net

April 13, 2016

Some people are unable to work due to injury, illness or other physical limitation.  These people should, and do, have access to Disability benefits through Social Security.  Some people are able to work, but are temporarily displaced due to layoffs, technology changes or other shifts in the work force.  These people should, and do, receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.  But according to the GAO, in 2014, the US government paid $1.3 billion in disability payments to people who were also receiving unemployment benefits.  Apparently, this mostly wasn’t fraud but incompetence by  the Social Security Agency.  You can read more about this error and other negligent actions resulting in wasted tax dollars here.

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