Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.
Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:
You’ll notice they’re still blind and naked when they hatch. So I make them little coats to keep them warm…
The disability assistance program is created in black and white. You’re either “entirely disabled” or “not disabled enough”, regardless if you have been determined to be medically disabled by said same system. Unless you’re so poor you’re likely to end up homeless, you get nothing. People who do get on the SSDI rolls dare not take even the smallest part time job for fear of losing their benefits.
The $1000 gross income (per month) cutoff is severe and punishes those who make even the slightest bit above that. And that is nowhere near enough to live on, hell even $1000 net income a month won’t keep a roof over your head very well. And then add in the medical costs of seeing doctors, having tests, taking medications, all these things that “medically disabled” folk do, that paltry income is already gone.
If someone is able to work part-time, it should be encouraged, not punished. Just because they can’t hold down a decent or full-time job doesn’t mean they should be driven out of the workforce with the threat of losing the one stable income they have. By no means do I say that we should be paying them exactly as much as someone who can’t work at all, but even the smallest assistance can move mountains for a person who is barely even living hand to mouth.