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Reader Opinion: Cost of living

Last Saturday I received my bank statement and was surprised to see a second deposit from Social Security. Wow! After two years we were finally getting a cost of living raise but over the weekend I began to hear some troubling rumors. On Monday m...

Last Saturday I received my bank statement and was surprised to see a second deposit from Social Security. Wow! After two years we were finally getting a cost of living raise but over the weekend I began to hear some troubling rumors. On Monday morning the other shoe dropped when I received notice from the Department of Social Security explaining about the increase. After all was said and done, it seems the cost of Medicare literally wiped out the increase and the actual amount of my monthly check would increase by a whopping sum of one dollar. Yes, Medicare pays 80 percent of my medical bills but I still have to pay for supplemental health and prescription insurance and this year my prescription insurance more than doubled, putting a damper on my fixed income budget. Now, a person has to have somewhat of a sense of humor to even laugh at this situation because it is downright ludicrous. Yet, the government rationale is the fact they are paying 80 percent of my medical expenses and therefore I should not complain. After all, anything is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick but I wonder how members of Congress would react if they had not received a cost of living raise in two years and when they did, it amounted to the handsome sum of one dollar. It seems the liberal ideology is when a person reaches the ripe old age of 80 or older perhaps, they are no longer real productive members of society therefore it is time for them to exit in order to make room for the new generation. My answer to that is "nuts" because I'm going to leave that decision up to the good lord not the government or Congress. God bless America.

Dolores Zaske

Pine River

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