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  •  Has anyone thought about (11+ / 0-)

    those of us who are disabled at a young age?  As we get older, where would the chained CPI leave us?

    No one ever thinks of the disabled.  Why would lawmakers be any different?

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:22:27 PM PST

    •  i feel your pain, as someone disabled in my 30s. (9+ / 0-)

      nobody seems to think of us and the unique problems disability at our age brings (not the least of which is that even if we WERE smart enough to start saving in our twenties, that doesn't last long).

      i have hiv/aids. diagnosed in 1996. cobra and medications ate my life savings in the first 6 months. i've been running from the snowball headed downhill ever since.

      •  So true! (3+ / 0-)

        All my savings were wiped out when I got diagnosed with a disabling neurological condition in 2000.  It seems that between the medical system and healthcare insurance those of us that got sick/disabled prior to the reform were wiped out and in some cases thrown into debt that was equal to three years salary, if not more.  

        I know that feeling of the snowball headed downhill, as soon as I think I've stablized my situation and can financially manage something comes along like this pending "grand bargin," and I'm struggling against the speed of the snowball gaining on me.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:59:48 PM PST

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        •  good luck to you... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...i'm chasing to keep from losing my home and vehicle as i type.

          •  I'm so sorry (0+ / 0-)

            to hear that your facing losing your home and/or vehicle.  No one should have to deal with a serious illness and also worry about keeping a roof over their heads.  I really wish you the best and wish I could make it better for you.  I've already been through losing my home when the medical bills were over the top because I got slapped with a pre-existing condition.  I finally get disability and Medicare and now they keep threatening to screw with that.  

            Please hang in there, things have to get better, I'm sure you deal with a lot of pain and being physically sick, you shouldn't have to worry about keeping food on the table and a roof over your head.

            "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

            by zaka1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:17:12 PM PST

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    •  Thanks Ice Blue (3+ / 0-)

      for pointing out an important problem with the chained CPI.  Many of us that are disabled are also single/divorced and have to keep a roof over our heads and those costs do not go down.  And being disabled in my forties the chained CPI has me greatly worried.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:48:46 PM PST

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