[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, but that doesn’t entitle its citizens to receive benefits paid for by the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening thanks to the Obama Social Security Administration.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]A recent audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is inappropriately applying a rule which allows individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English, who live in the United States, to receive financial assistance. The SSA is applying to rule to individuals who live in Puerto Rico, which is a country that speaks predominantly Spanish.
The OIG said, “We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for claimants who reside in Puerto Rico, even though Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the local economy.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports on this latest controversy regarding the Obama regime.
The agency does not currently have a system in place to keep track of the number of beneficiaries who receive disability insurance for not being able to speak English.
However, the OIG was able to identify 218 cases between 2011 and 2013 where Puerto Ricans were awarded disability due to “an inability to communicate in English.” Furthermore, 4 percent of disability hearings in Puerto Rico involved looking at the individual’s ability to speak, read, write, and understand English.
Though 95 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home, according to the rules a Spanish-speaking nurse in Puerto Rico would be considered “unskilled,” the OIG said.
The SSA told the OIG that the rules are applied one-size-fits-all.
“SSA managers at various disability decision levels stated Social Security is a national program, and the grids must be applied to the national economy, regardless of local conditions,” the audit said.
This practice of approving citizens of Puerto Rico for financial assistance based upon the disability of being unable to speak English continues despite a U.S. District Court ruling in 1987 that “it is the ability to communicate in Spanish, not English, that is vocationally important in Puerto Rico.” With this ruling, benefits back in 1987 were denied and should have been denied through this day.