Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SSI Snippet

I spend an unfortunate amount of my time on a website that I shall not name, geared towards moms.

Frequent topics are about welfare, food stamps, welfare reform, health care and of course child rearing.

Anything public assistance related is usually a hot button topic all while beating a dead horse.

Todays lovely topic is about SSI being welfare and how people need to 'get over it' because 'anxiety' isn't disabling for 20 years.
Well, I can tell you from experience that anxiety alone will NOT get you social security. That might be what they are telling you (and that person doesn't have to tell you squat about why they get social security) but they are probably leaving about 3-20 other more 'severe' diagnoses, provided usually by social security employed doctors.

My personal report was not pretty. Probably true, but not pretty. Time and lots of therapy will tell me if its accurate.

Now as a reminder, I do NOT get SSI.

Anywho... my response.

SSI is the nations biggest welfare suck.
And no you cant 'just get over it'.
With the state of health care as it is, the inaccessibility of mental health treatment to those WITH insurance, much less those without (not to mention QUALITY health care) thats just not realistic.

I want to know how people with terminal illnesses and life long issues get denied and dragged through courts for years until they die (usually before getting benefits) but people with 'anxiety' and 'autism' (that clearly DO NOT) get approved and never have issues.

As a recipient of SSDI (aka SS taxes taken out of my check when I worked IS my check now) I find SSI to be vital, but ill run, just like most other social assistance.

Baby steps. Fixing healthcare is first. Creating quality accessibility is second.
Removing people from rolls after treating them sufficently and managing ALL of their needs, thus enabling them to go into or return to the workforce is third.

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