Tom Coburn’s office does 2 year investigation into disability fraud

October 07, 2013 / Written By The Five Staff
  • Tom Coburn’s office does 2 year investigation into disability fraud… Senate hearings today at 3P.
  • 60 Minutes did an excellent report on it last night
  • Where is the Justice Department – Tom Coburn’s staff has spent two years investigating this – but isn’t that also the job of the Justice Department?

SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS:

3p.m. -- Holds a hearing on ``Social Security Disability Benefits: Did a Group of Judges, Doctors, and Lawyers Abuse Programs for the Country's Most Vulnerable?'' Sarah Carver, senior case technician at the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity); Jennifer Griffith, former master docket clerk at the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity); David Herr, doctor of osteopathic medicine, West Union, Ohio; A. Bradley Adkins, a psychologist in Pikeville, Ky.; Srinivas Ammisetty, doctor of Pulmonology in Stanville, Ky.; Eric Conn, attorney and owner of The Conn Law Firm; David Daugherty, former administrative law judge at the Social Security Administration; and Charlie Andrus, administrative law judge of the Social Security Administration (appearing in a personal capacity), testify. 

FEDERAL DISABILITY

The Federal Disability Insurance Program could become the first government benefits program to run out of money. When it began back in the 1950s it was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury. Today, it serves nearly 12 million people -- up 20 percent in the last six years -- and has a budget of $135 billion. That's more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. Some critics call it a "secret welfare system" with it's own "disability industrial complex," a system ravaged by waste and fraud. A 3pm Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing will examine the issue. 

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