Every month, 14 million Americans receive a disability check from the government.
The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined.
Federal disability costs per year are approximately $260 billion in the United States.
In 1968, there were 51 full time workers in the United States for every one person who was collecting disability. In 2013, there were 13 full time workers in the United States for every one person collecting disability.
As of March 2013, the average monthly benefit for a disabled worker was about $1,129 with male workers receiving $1,255 per month and female workers receiving $993 per month on average.
When a worker goes on disability, their overall life satisfaction significantly decreases compared to employed individuals. In addition, their rate of smoking, inactivity, and binge drinking increases significantly. The early death rate of individuals on disability is twice that of employed individuals.