It is no secret that enrollment in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been rising. Critics of SSDI claim that the rising numbers are evidence of too much government spending and laziness on the part of the American people. Some have even compared the SSDI system to slavery.
A Bloomberg report released in early May shows an increase in the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits: 7.1 million Americans collected disability in 2007 while 8.7 million collected benefits in April of this year.
The argument that Social Security Disability (SSD) standards have become lax may be popular, but it is mistaken. In fact, the U.S. SSD standards are stricter than those in most other western countries.