The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Injured and Sick Condemned to Death—By Claim Denials

Jan 21, 2008

Two out of every three people who apply for disability benefits from Social Security are rejected, forced to go to a hearing, according to a report by CBS news. The agency has a backlog of 750,000 cases. As a result, people wait 520 days on average for a hearing on their claims. Over 16,000 people have died in the last two years while fighting for benefits .

Denying people disability benefits is a way to force them back to work, where they will aggravate their condition or injury. It’s a conscious, contrived policy on the part of the politicians, who use their control over government agencies to deny people the rights provided by law. Those rights were won by social movements through years of struggle.

The politicians are too worried about being reelected to overthrow these rights legally, so they do it by systematic denials and delays. And it’s not just the Republicans who are responsible. Where are the Democrats saying they will clear the disability backlog within one month after they take office?

Yes, the Bush administration is disgusting, and so are the Democrats who offer no alternative.