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Re: Just got my Social Security info for 2018

You did when you started talking about cutting Medicare and tax cuts for the wealthy.  I felt it necessary to respond in kind.

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@LibbyAnnE wrote:

 Social Security is not a job. One doesn't expect a raise. Yes I am concerned about the government giving tax breaks to the wealthy and cutting programs like Medicare for those who need it, but when my husband and I got married on the 1970s, we did our research on the economy and on demographics and simply assumed that by the time we retired – about now – that there would not be Social Security for us. So we planned and saved and invested accordingly. I'm grateful for anything I receive and, yes, I know I'm simply getting my money back because I paid in for decades, but a raise? Just be glad if there is any social security at all in a few years. Scary and unfair, but true.


@LibbyAnnEThanks for giving me a place to put my post without looking like I'm picking on someone.

 

Right, Social Security is not a job.  Neither is gambling in a casino.  Yet someone here says she "made" $5/month over 2017 and one of my neighbors talks of how much she "made" when she goes to the casino.

 

Some people are so loose and downright incorrect in their choice of words these days, it's no wonder they are misunderstood.

 

As far as paying in, getting back, "means testing" for the wealthy or more charity for the poor...I've posted here before about my friend who is still working and paying in and she says it's unlikely she'll ever collect any of it because she has a Government pension.  I think the fair thing to do for people in her situation and the wealthy who (SOMEone determines) "doesn't need it," give them back exactly what they paid in and not a penny more.  How can anyone argue with that?

 

With SS people don't get back just what they put in.  They get back what others put in...those others who didn't live to collect it, or (like my friend) aren't eligible in spite of contributing.

 

@LibbyAnnE, good for you and your DH for taking responsibility for yourselves. 

 

 

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Hi @Annabellethecat  Did you call and ask why your SS payments went down $400?  I certainly would have.

 

If you honestly don't want the SS, please donate it to a charity where you know it will be used to help people who need it.  Maybe go to the store and buy a lot of non-perishable food and donate it to your local food bank.  Or pick a bunch of "angels" off of angel trees (do you have them in your area?) and buy the things that are needed for the children they represent.  Or at this time of year, organizations pick families to help have better holidays.  Maybe donate it there.  Or a woman's shelter.  All kinds of things you could do with that money.  Especially this time of year.  Something in your area so you'll know it's being put to good use and not spent on administrative costs.  If you're serious, of course.

 

Nobody HAS to use an HOV lane.  Those who do are willing to take on that extra expense.  And maybe they split the cost, since there's more than one person in the car if it's using the HOV lane.

 

Along with the haves and have nots we have the do and do nots.  And don't forget..."the poor will always be with us" or something like that. 

 

Some people like having less.  I was talking to a woman the other day who told me she had gotten a job...occasional work, no fixed schedule, she can accept the hours or decline them...and she'd found a house she liked.  She mentioned that it was section 8 and came >this close< to saying she didn't want to work much because her income would increase and she might lose the rent subsidy.  So some people would rather do less and have less.

 

Hmm...I just noticed near the end of your post that you have family members who are struggling every day just to survive.  That's certainly a place you can give your social security check and know that it is needed.

 

You're very kind to want to give your excess to others.

 

 

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Re: Just got my Social Security info for 2018

SS taken now comes from those who are currently working.  The previous generation took the money we (Boomers) put in.  

 

Those who are young, working and trying to make their way up the ladder are the folks who are paying more into ss for these raises.  And this generation, paying for us, may very well never be able to collect because SS funds may be gone by the time they are 60 something. 

 

 

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Re: Just got my Social Security info for 2018

@kalliNot necessarily.  Our elected officials helped themselves to some of it:

 

Lawmakers regularly use Social Security's so-called “excess funds” – those monies not immediately needed – for purposes other than to pay out benefits. Because the Trust Fund is a part of the unified federal budget, it is completely legal for Congress to use the funds as they see fit and to replace them with mere IOU's.

 

http://seniorsleague.org/issues/social-security-trust-fund-lock-box/

 

If that source is not acceptable, google Congress social security lock box and more will come up.

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Well I don't get it either........ Just got my statement and it says I got an increase of $15.10 ------- but then it says my Medicare deduction has gone up $15.10. So basically I break even.( My supplemental F went up about $30+/mo too ) :/

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@Jannyg wrote:

I'm losing $30 a month in 2018.


You are not losing $30 a month.  You have actually been saving $30 a month compared to what other have been paying.

 

Everyone who picked up Medicare Part B for the first time in 2017 paid $134, unless they were in a high income bracket while you paid less due to the Hold Harmless clause.  Since you received an increase in SS, you can now afford to pay the same as others are already paying.  

 

Google: Hold Harmless Medicare Part B for  more information

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Re: Just got my Social Security info for 2018

@Annabellethecat,   Everyone receives the same percentage increase.  Now if you worked and were receiving SS and then your husband passed away and you decided to collect his instead of yours nothing should be deducted as far as i know.  I would definitely be on the phone with SS.  I only have Part A & B deducted from my check.  The type of extra insurance I have in my state does not charge anything.  The insurance co. manages everything for Medicare, thus I only use my insurance card and have my medicare card tucked away.  I do not understand why any money would be deducted from someone's SS.  I know if it was mine, I would surely be on the phone to SS.

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Re: Just got my Social Security info for 2018

Hi, the SS says I got an increase - then they show my new payment minus my deduction for Medicare and, guess what, I end up with exactly the same as the last two years.

I suppose I should be pleased that I don't have a DECREASE this year - oh well !!!!

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@esme wrote:

@kalliNot necessarily.  Our elected officials helped themselves to some of it:

 

Lawmakers regularly use Social Security's so-called “excess funds” – those monies not immediately needed – for purposes other than to pay out benefits. Because the Trust Fund is a part of the unified federal budget, it is completely legal for Congress to use the funds as they see fit and to replace them with mere IOU's.

 

http://seniorsleague.org/issues/social-security-trust-fund-lock-box/

 

If that source is not acceptable, google Congress social security lock box and more will come up.


@esme, yes I understand that. And of course not happy about it at all. But I remember reading many years ago that when SS first was enacted, it was expected that most would collect for a few years and then die.  Not sure if that's true but suffice it to say we are living longer and drawing ss longer.  My parents are in this group. They are 87 & 90.  And of course, all these years their generation has had the robust numbers of Boomers working and contributing. Now we Boomers are retiring and collecting. 

 

Later starting dates determined by birthyear are helping but some say still, in order for SS to survive, we'll also have to take less and maybe some who have retirement income or assets in a high range may be denied? Hm...