Today, over 10 million people collect disability in America:
The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The 10,978,040 disability beneficiaries in the United States now exceed the population of all but seven states. For example, there are more Americans collecting disability today than there are people living in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.
The record 10,978,040 total disability beneficiaries in May, included a record 8,877,921 disabled workers (up from 8,865,586 in April), a record 1,939,687 children of disabled workers (up from 1,936,236 in April), and 160,432 spouses of disabled workers.
When the Republican Congress forced President Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform back in 1997, they succeeded in lowering the number of people who collected welfare benefits.
But did they just unlatch from one government teat for another?
In 1997, President Clinton’s senior adviser Rahm Emmanuel announced:
For the first time since 1971, the number of people on welfare is below 10 million. This is a milestone that’s based on the reforms that have altered the welfare system to reflect the priority of work and responsibility.”
Today, the number of people on welfare sits at 4.3 million. Quite a drop.
However, in January 1997, there were only 4,385,374 people on disability.
So we’ve dropped around six million of welfare, but signed about six million up on disability.
That’s about right.
And, since this news about disability is so depressing, I figured you could use a laugh. This fits right in: