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  • Mar 28, 2015 03:20 PM
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    People do NOT seem to realize you were NOT meant to live off Social Security. Social Security was INTENDED to be 1/3 of your retirement. People were SUPPOSED to also save for their retirement (1/3) and finally the government EXPECTED that employers would give retirement benefit (1/3). UNFORTUNATELY, MOST do NOT save for retirement AND many employers no longer give retirement benefits.

  • Aug 13, 2017 04:29 AM
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    I'm NOT saying when they DETERMINE your benefit that it should matter ONLY the cost of living increase. So if the cost of living increase is say 5 % in Massachusetts you get 5 % where IF you are living in Missouri their increase was only 1 % you only get 1% rather than an across the board average. SSA is giving 2% this year and IMHO it is unfair to give someone a 2% increase if the cost of living where they live is LESS than 2%.
  • Aug 13, 2017 04:29 AM
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    Personally I'd rather NOT receive it as every time we get an increase MY income actually goes DOWN! You wonder how that is possible, simply because over the years I've been able to get a voucher and now pay 30% of my income for rent. The agency that gives the voucher still take 30% of whatever I receive and Medicare goes up which I HAVE to pay for despite the fact that I get Medicaid! It IS very EXPENSIVE to live in Massachusetts and the COST LIVING is well OVER the small amount the government gives so in the end I have LESS money than I did the year BEFORE. I personally think we should get REAL cost of living increases based on the cost of living IN THE STATE WE RESIDE and not one cost of living for the whole country. The cost of living in Massachusetts is VERY different from the cost of living in Missouri for example!
  • Mar 28, 2015 03:20 PM
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    Yes, it can be done! I live in what we affectionately call Taxachusetts! I am NOT retired but am collecting Social Security Disability benefits, and I am the governments worst nightmare! When I first got on Social Security Disability half of my check went toward rent which fortunately included heat and water! I paid the electric bill which I managed to keep to about $25 A YEAR, that's right $25 A YEAR. I managed to also pay for car expenses, and food but had pretty much had nothing left! Now to comment on my second statement: "I am the governments worst nightmare!" You ask why, because I am a former social security representative (used to work for the 800#) and I was an advocate for the homeless (so I am well versed in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Welfare, and Subsidized housing). I've called Social Security for information for myself and when the person said they didn't have access to the information I wanted "I did NOT argue". I simply asked the person to please be PATIENT with me and asked if they would kindly go to the main menu and put this, that, and the other in. They DID and then asked me how I was able to take them to the information I wanted. I smiled through the phone and said simply that their job had once been MY job, and therefore I knew the system! Of course I ended the call with a BIG, BIG, BIG SMILE on my face!
  • Nov 01, 2017 04:45 PM
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    WHEN I worked for Social Security it was explained to us that the real reason (according to management at the time) we have a problem with being able to continue to pay benefits far into the future is simply because of ABORTION. If all those children who were aborted had instead been born we (according to management at the time) would have plenty of people working and paying into the system to cover all those applying for benefits TODAY!
  • Oct 06, 2017 03:06 PM
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    Not quite what your discussing, but coming April 2018 all those on Medicare will be receiving new Medicare ID #'s that will NOT be our social security, nor spouses #.
  • Oct 28, 2016 02:47 PM
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    If you mean you need a Social Security BENEFIT VERIFICATION then you can go to www.ssa.gov to print it out!