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  •  This was brought home to me last week (6+ / 0-)

    helping my sister-in-law get some assistance. She's 69, never married and no kids. She has worked on and off at some part-time jobs over the years with no benefits, most recently in a nursing home. Because of some medical problems a few weeks ago, she can no longer work. She is facing a future where her annual income will be less than $6000 from Social Security.

    The good news is that her expenses are very low. She lives in a small town in the house where she was born that she owns. Property tax is very low. She got a grant a couple of years ago to have the house weatherized -- new windows, siding, and a new efficient furnace. She gets heating assistance.

    She has Medicare and just applied for Medicaid, food assistance, and SSI. With some help from family and friends she should be able to get by unless the Republicans cut the programs she needs.

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