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Iowa Senator Gets a Tearful Earful
Posted By Tamara Lytle On August 13, 2013 @ 1:27 pm In Bulletin Today,Politics | Comments Disabled
The August recess gives Capitol Hill lawmakers a chance to hear from their constituents  back home, and sometimes that earful is downright heartbreaking.
An anguished woman wept at the North Senior Center in Des Moines, Iowa, as she explained how a proposal to change the method of calculating cost-of-living increases for Social Security  would leave her nowhere to cut in her precarious budget.
“I have $624 a month, that’s what I’m living on. Ninety-nine [dollars] of that goes to Medicare Part D and B. After I get my check, in two weeks, it’s gone. I have nothing . I live on what I eat here. And I just do not want my cost of living cut because I’ve paid in since I was 16 to the government. I’m looking for work in my retirement years so that I can exist. I do own my house, but I don’t know how long that will go because I have property taxes to pay.”
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 hear from their constituents: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/09/chained-cpi-petition-delivered-to-capitol-hill-millions-say-no/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Social Security: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/11/why-the-chained-cpi-is-wrong-for-social-security-presidents-budget/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 chained CPI: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-04-2013/older-voters-oppose-switch-to-chained-cpi.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 heard this: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/08/woman-weeps-to-senator-over-social-security-cuts-theres-no-way-for-me-to-eat-less/
 I have nothing: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/24/americans-65-and-older-living-in-poverty-elderly-health-care-costs/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
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 Chained CPI for Social Security Not More Accurate for Seniors: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/02/21/chained-cpi-for-social-security-not-more-accurate-for-seniors/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
 Another (Disabled) Senator Heads for the Exit: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/27/disabled-senator-heads-for-exit-employees-with-disabilities/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
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