Woodburn calls on Senator Kelly Ayotte & NH GOP Senate to Join Him
CONCORD, NH -- New Hampshire Senate Democrats condemn KY Senator Rand Paul's comments suggesting half of the people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance are cheating the system faking a disability.
"Senator Paul's comments demonize injured workers who are getting only what they paid for through an insurance program," said Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Dalton. "I call upon my Republican State Senate colleagues and Senator Paul's colleague Senator Kelly Ayotte to join me in setting the record straight and stand up for working families."
While up in New Hampshire, yesterday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, said the following, “Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts, join the club.”
Senator Rand Paul's comments are eerily similar to failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 47% comments that nearly half of Americans back President Obama because they rely on government support.
"Social Security Disability Insurance is public insurance program that can only be accessed by work and payment into the system," said Sen. Woodburn. "The vast majority are hard-working, older people who have paid into the system for decades and receive a small share of what they earned."
"I am sick and tired of Republicans attacking the most vulnerable sector of our population, especially when such attacks have no basis in fact," said Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth).
“For decades, we’ve made progress toward the goal of full societal inclusion for persons with disabilities," added Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), "Senator Paul’s comments don’t serve that goal. His comments were divisive and reflect nothing more than the tired assumptions of a bygone era.”