Recently, two reports that are vital to the financial well-being of seniors were released to the public.
The first says that there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security in 2010. The increase could also be eliminated in 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, premiums for Medicare Part B and Part D will increase substantially. Even with no increase in income there will be an increase in expenses!
The second report illustrates enormous increases in health care costs for Americans, with seniors bearing the brunt of those increases.
This report is issued every May by the Trustees for Social Security and Medicare. Google that organization’s name to get a copy of the 240-page report and 12-page synopsis. The information is clear and concise–and, I might add, frightening.
A huge fix
Fixing Social Security for just 75 more years would require an increase in payroll taxes from 12.4 percent to 14.4 percent immediately and permanently, or a reduction in benefits immediately and permanently, or some combination of the two. A permanent fix would require additional increases and/or decreases.