No free ride


“Let’s kill senior entitlements” is the Republican battle cry. The way they attack entitlements, you would think seniors get those benefits for free. Nothing could be more untrue.

My wife and I pay about $13,000 annually for our Medicare Parts A, B, D and Medigap coverage. Add to that our co-pays and deductibles, and the amount increases even more. Plus, we pay income tax twice on our Social Security benefit — when we earn it and again when we collect the benefit.

The CEO Roundtable proposed increasing the Social Security benefit eligibility age from 65 to 70. But, they didn’t agree to keep seniors on the payroll for those extra five years!

Many seniors are already laid off before age 65. So, with no Social Security or job security, I guess they are proposing that seniors would have five years with no income.

Joseph Greif, Pompano Beach

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