Steve Wayne Postier v. Michael J. Astrue


PER CURIAM OPINION FILED - THE COURT: James B. Loken, Pasco M. Bowman and Steven M. Colloton (UNPUBLISHED) [4002603] [12-1801]

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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 12-1801 ___________________________ Steve Wayne Postier lllllllllllllllllllll Plaintiff - Appellant v. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security lllllllllllllllllllll Defendant - Appellee ____________ Appeal from United States District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis ____________ Submitted: January 3, 2013 Filed: February 7, 2013 [Unpublished] ____________ Before LOKEN, BOWMAN, and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Appellate Case: 12-1801 Page: 1 Date Filed: 02/07/2013 Entry ID: 4002603 Steve Postier appeals from an order of the District Court1 order affirming the partially favorable decision of the Social Security Commissioner. After a hearing at which Postier and a vocational expert testified, the administrative law judge (ALJ) found that Postier was disabled as of October 10, 2008, when he turned 55 years old, but that he was not disabled before then. Following careful review, we conclude that the ALJ properly discounted the opinion of Postier’s treating physician, see Howe v. Astrue, 499 F.3d 835, 840–41 (8th Cir. 2007); that deference to the ALJ’s credibility findings is warranted because they are supported by good reasons and substantial evidence, see Pelkey v. Barnhart, 433 F.3d 575, 578 (8th Cir. 2006); and that the ALJ’s decision is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, see Perkins v. Astrue, 648 F.3d 892, 897 (8th Cir. 2011). Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the District Court. ______________________________ 1 The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota, adopting the report and recommendations of the Honorable Tony N. Leung, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. -2- Appellate Case: 12-1801 Page: 2 Date Filed: 02/07/2013 Entry ID: 4002603

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