Trump WH Seeks To Monitor The Disabled To Ensure They Aren't "Too" Happy

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The Trump administration has proposed monitoring social media profiles of Americans receiving disability benefits.

In a bid to cut down on fraud within the Social Security Disability Benefits program, the Trump administration has floated a proposal that would see the federal government monitoring the social media profiles of Americans receiving disability benefits, according to Forbes — and possibly yanking those benefits if disabled Americans seem to be living life a bit too fully.

Anyone claiming to be disabled yet caught on social media engaging in physical activities could be flagged as possibly gaming the system, potentially resulting in the loss of necessary financial assistance and even medical care.

But as Forbes contributor Imani Barbarin noted, the proposal displays a “fundamental misunderstanding of disability and takes advantage of how social media operates in order to cut them off from the support they need.”

For starters, social media profiles are not an accurate picture of any user’s life on the whole, as studies have shown that people tend to highlight the positive aspects of their lives while steering clear of posting about negative experiences. The result is a skewed version of reality that cannot well inform decisions regarding a disabled individual’s abilities or needs.

“Disabled people should be allowed to share the full scope of their existence without fear they’ll be accused of lying—and even fraud—by the United States Government,” Barbarin wrote, “which will likely reason that if a disabled person is seen going to the mall or taking time to swim or jog, they can be working.”

Just as able-bodied people are unique in how they navigate their lives — physically and otherwise — disabled people do not all appear the same or move about the world in identical ways. Some people who use wheelchairs can walk, Barbarin noted, and there are those “with cerebral palsy that can run and amputees that are bionic.”

The Trump administration’s proposal also plays into the notion that truly disabled people should appear pitiful or helpless to the nondisabled in order to merit assistance, and those who claim disabilities but do not fit the stereotype must be faking their conditions.

Barbarin pointed out that “public sympathies rarely side with disabled people who appear confident and comfortable in their own bodies,” meaning cuts to benefits for those who seem “too active” are unlikely to cause outrage among Americans at large.

Barbarin — who was born with cerebral palsy herself — concluded with a pointed suggestion for President Donald Trump and his officials: “the administration should look inward and learn how to #BeBest.”

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Comments (29)
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Neugen
Neugen

I'm betting the real victims of this "plan" might be those that post that cast a negative voice towards this "president".

Bigger Hands
Bigger Hands

Let President Dumbass' Goobers monitor this 10yr, E-5 Honorable. I'll be happy to show Fat Boy what happens to a body, being, 'The Best You Can Be.' I'd like to add, anyone supporting Vlad's Bottom Boy in uniform is in a definite minority. Real Soldiers would be happy to put hos ass in their crosshairs

Kathlena
Kathlena

Fuck you trump. Someone needs to monitor your presence in our country. Please monitor trump n his racist 🐖 Ass!! Oh n keep ever IMMAGRANT out of America. Including your family n wife's. I'm on disability and do not give anyone permission to invade my personal life. I suffer from chronic kidney disease. So I can't post I had a good time. WTF. He needs to go back into his cave n leave America

Ladylisa
Ladylisa

Doesn't dumbdonnie realize it can take years to get approved for disability. It took me 2 yrs and 2 breakdowns because of the way they treat you and "lose your paperwork". You also see their doctors and need every test and scan ect. So you have one good day out of ten and that makes you not disabled. Bite me

Chaplain_Keith 52
Chaplain_Keith 52

Love President Trump ! But this is a bad ideal im a disabled American and when im on social media i defiantly folcus on the positive things and not my disability. I think most disabled people social media page would not be about all the things there not able to do and how bad off they are but focus on things they can do are done before there disability so you could not get a accurate picture of there life's. I truly believe you can't know someone pain are struggle and tell you walked in there shoes all this to say it's a horrible ideal and pray it won't make it.