Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was giving a speech to lawmakers at a restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, today when he went after half the people on federal disability.
In a video posted by American Bridge 21st Century, Sen. Paul said, "You know, the thing is that all of these programs, there’s always somebody who’s deserving, everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system."
"I tell people that if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check, you know," added Sen. Paul, noted Salon.com. "Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everyone over 40 has a back pain.”
Trudy Lyon-Hart, President of the National Council of Disability Determination Directors, told a House Ways and Means committee in March 2013 that the accuracy rate for disability payments has been 97% or better over the past 3 years.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in 2012 that 2010 records showed that "99.3 percent of all (federal disability) payments were free of an overpayment, and 99.0 percent were free of an underpayment."
According to the Social Security Administration in 2012, the approval rate for disability claims fell from from 56 percent to 34.8 percent between 1999 and 2010.