A forty year old man with children was just kicked off disability in the UK because he was told that he could work a job. There was a picture of the man who had a leg amputated due to an injury twelve years ago.
The comments section was full of those on the attack!
I know someone with no legs and he climbed a mountain!
He could work as a cashier!! He can sit on a stool for eight hours!
Those were some of the ones the nicer comments.
Even though the article mentioned several times that the man was dyslexic and could not read, many overlooked it and went on to bash him.
Nowadays, the UK and the US are looking for ways to reduce benefits to the disabled.
To tell someone that they can get a job on one hand and turn around and not hire them with the other is dishonest.
God forbid, you roll your behind into a job interview with wheelchair in tow, chances are your prospective employer is thinking a few things.
1. This guy is going to cost us a fortune in health care expenses.
2. I’m going to have to make a lot of “accommodations” just so this guy can get in the freaking door! How much is that going to cost me again?
3. This person is not reliable! They will have chronic health issues and call off work all the time. What could I do with a person like that? I can just hire an able bodied person and get rid of the headache!
So what is the disabled person to do? The Social Security Administration is telling this person that they can work, yet no one will hire them because they are a “liability” to the company. The few jobs that may extend employment won’t pay anything worth for that person to live on! If you make a dollar over a certain amount, you risk losing Medicaid! What is a person in this situation to do?
Joe Kline wrote an article in TIME magazine about how many poor people in this country are going around the welfare requirements to work by applying for disability. As if applying for disability is so much easier….anyway….he was stating in the article that all of these people with backaches are applying for disability and are granted even when statistics show that 1/3 of people who apply in the US are granted it. But when they get denied they continue applying and eventually get it. Of course he had no sources cited to back that absurd claim up.
Are there people out there scamming the system? Hell yes! There are people who need it and aren’t getting it and those that don’t that are. But that happens in EVERY SYSTEM where someone will take advantage. The answer is NOT to just throw everyone off to save a few bucks.
The lifetime benefit for a person on disability in the US is $300,000. That adds up to a lot of money in the long run but what is the best way to go about this?
Kick a bunch of people off and tell them to make their own way? This happened before in this country and was rectified in recent years. Makes you wonder what POOR people did before this. I’m sure many of them died destitute and homeless, unable to take care of themselves.
So now as a morally bankrupt legislative body look for ways to cut the budget, where else will they turn? To a group of people that are already marginalized and discriminated against to save a few dollars.
Pick on the disabled. They can work! Well my knee hurts every morning but I get up and go to work every morning. I don’t want a handout! What about that Joe guy that’s in the wheelchair across the street? Yeah, he plays wheelchair basketball! You know the inspirational ones! Not the ones who sit at home and rag on how disabled and unhappy they are! Geesh!!! (sarcasm for those who don’t get it.)
I worked since I was ten years old and never had an issue doing it. I never even thought NOT to work because this was the only way to provide. I never look for handouts or make excuses but sometimes life just happens.
To those of you that moan and groan about my special parking space, be careful when you get behind the wheel this week. Lots of people with spinal cord injuries had accidents…some behind the wheel. Many from the carelessness and recklessness of others. You never know where life may lead you. You could be looking at your own wheelchair or walker some day due to a chronic illness like myself. I woke up one morning and hit the ground. That was the day the doctor ordered my first wheelchair and told me, “So when are you going to apply for disability?” This was at a time when I was ACTIVELY trying to prove to my job that I still had what it took to do my job. Screw a disability check, put me back on the bus to provide for my child! That was the thought going through my head, not “Oh lucky me! I get to lie on my back and collect a check!”
I don’t wish this life on anyone but it happened to me. If someone said that I would be in a wheelchair three years ago, I probably would have cursed them out. I didn’t have time to be disabled and I know that comment doesn’t make sense.
As an able bodied person, you don’t really live your life thinking about disability until it happens to you. But if it does, you expect that society reach out and make the playing field level, not expecting special treatment. You just want things to be equal. You don’t expect a bunch of people who know nothing about disability, except for what they think they know on television, to start telling you that you’re not disabled nor do you deserve the same rights that they have.
It’s madness. It makes no sense.
Better solutions are needed along with compassion and understanding. The situation will get worse until we start speaking up and speaking out agains the Joe Klines’ and others.