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Monday, October 7, 2013

'60 Minutes' Too Much?

George Zornick at The Nation with strong critique of last night's "60 Minutes" hatchet job segment on the alleged massive fraud in our Social Security disability system. Tom Coburn the star so antennae must be raised.   I plan to look into this tomorrow. I do know there was still response in the piece from analysts and defenders.  Here's an excerpt:
The report by Steve Kroft made big promises, purporting to reveal a “secret welfare system” with its own “disability industrial complex,” and an out-of-control bureaucracy “ravaged by waste and fraud.” He also said SSDI might be “the first government benefits program to run out of money.” But when it came time to deliver, Kroft didn’t have the goods.

Updates: More criticism here from national disability groups.  And economist Dean Baker slams it here:  "Disability is a large program. That means there will be some fraud. This is not news, except perhaps at CBS.  Perhaps the most remarkable part of this story is that the Sixty Minutes crew seem to think they are being tough for going after people on disability."

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