May 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM
Social Security disability benefits
Disabled workers deserve more respect
As a Renton attorney who has practiced Social Security Disability law in the Seattle-Tacoma area for 25 years, I was infuriated that The Seattle Times published this erroneous attack on our nation’s social-safety net [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26].
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries are workers who have paid into the system over many years. SSDI cases are based on objective medical evidence like MRIs, not “self-made diagnoses.”
I invite Froma Harrop to meet some real Seattle claimants who are homeless and without medical care while fighting a legitimate claim, after working 30 years and paying into Social Security. Then she would know that you actually don’t see them at the coffee shop because their modest benefits don’t afford them the luxury of a latte.
Moreover, about one in five male and one in seven female American SSDI beneficiaries die within the first five years of receiving benefits. To question their level of impairment by resorting to a Canadian case is insulting.
American workers who have contributed to our country’s Social Security system deserve this safety net and far greater respect.
Ruth Kimball, Renton
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