Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money.

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Obviously, they have not seen some of these Social Security Judges who get to act as the lawyer for the government and the decision maker. It would be better for many people seeking disability to have a government lawyer on the other side.

The rules make it easier for people for 50 years of age and older to get disability, however, this reflects the fact that is harder for many manual labor people to step into a similar job after injuries and the toll of long years of working.

People under 50 years of age really have a difficult time proving disability.