Sen. Coburn: ‘We Keep Putting People on Disability Who Are Not Truly Disabled’

“We keep putting people on disability who are not truly disabled,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)  on Tuesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing entitled, Social Security Administration Oversight: Examining the Integrity of the Disability Determination Appeals Process.

Coburn, who also is a medical doctor, was called to testify about disability-payment reform for the House-held hearing.

“Currently, 8.4 million people are enrolled in SSI [Supplemental Security Income for the disabled], at a cost to the federal government of nearly $56.5 billion in 2013,” according to a June 10 Oversight Committee report.  “The number of participants in SSI has nearly doubled over the last 25 years. Growth in SSI enrollment also increases Medicaid spending since individuals enrolled in SSI are automatically eligible for Medicaid.”