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  •  I have no idea what you are talking about. (0+ / 0-)

    SS sequester? SS vouchers? I google them and get nada. Chained CPI = privatization? Huh?

    Let me give you a hint: Chained CPI is interesting only to people who plan to be alive more than 10 years after retirement, at which point, once compounding has had an effect, it is likely to have cost me a pint of gin a month - which is probably good because I plan to cut down on my drinking at that point anyway.

    The CCPI controversy is a rich people's problem, in other words, it will affect those who live past median life expectancy, who tend to be people like me who are in good health and had a healthy income all my life.

    I'm bemused if not surprised that people here getting $900 or $1000 a month and who use more Medicare than Social Security every month anyway have been co-opted into this discussion at all. There are issues that affect them but those get very little attention at DK, if you've noticed.

    Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

    by Clem Yeobright on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:39:27 PM PDT

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    •  It's Medicare (3+ / 0-)
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      that the Republicans want to turn into a voucher system, not SS.

      As for those of us getting between $900 and $1000 a month, when that is almost all of one's income, life can be decent, but not when anything requiring extra money (such as plumbing problems, car problems, roof problems, etc.) we are forced to look for outside help. And when your income is that low, you tend to have cars and houses that need attention. Some months I can't manage an oil change.

      The COLA is already too low. My $16 COLA this year was eaten up (pun acknowledged though not intended) by cuts to food stamps in November and January, leaving me with a net loss of income of $11 per month.

      So yes, there a plenty of issues. And I appreciate your point about the disparity of life expectancy.

      Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

      by ramara on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:22:56 PM PDT

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      •  Now THAT is interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't know whether $16/month was a fair COLA for you or not - the economy seems awfully stagnant to me and I found my COLA acceptable - but I find it intolerable that anybody should be presented with an actual nominal dollar decrease - ever.

        I also feel that SSDI is something of a mess - as I understand it - and would like to see some amelioration there. A lot of kossacks are on Disability, I notice. But please note that I wouldn't have posted a line here except that the diarist refers specifically to retirement benefits, the part of SS to which I have addressed myself.

        I know we'll talk again.

        Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

        by Clem Yeobright on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:35:48 PM PDT

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        •  I look forward to it. :) n/t (0+ / 0-)

          Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

          by ramara on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:57:56 PM PDT

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        •  Dual or triple eligibles (2+ / 0-)
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          Medicare Part B premiums are level per beneficiariry and deducted from your SS COLA but not beyond. That is the two years of zero COLA (2009 and 2010?) left your SS benefit unchanged but in effect left you in arrears on Medicare Part B which arrears had to be made up out of subsequent COLAs. So while upper income beneficiaries saw net SS checks increase in 2011 and 2012 it is possible that lower income ones saw all of it gobbled up by the Part B arrears. But never going nominally negative.

          But if you were ALSO eligible for SNAP (the new 'snappy' name for Food Stamps) it is quite possible that your total transfers actually went down due to cuts in food stamp allowances.

          Or to summarize: Cat Food Nation. If you are old and poor enough to be kicked without consequence.

          SocSec dot.Defender at gmail.com - founder DK Social Security Defenders Group

          by Bruce Webb on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:59:06 PM PDT

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