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Medicine...WHOA!!!! Education... OMG! and etc. Granted a few of the items listed are not going up but then it is hard to understand why the government won't admit to inflation and give the retired folks living on that monthly check a bit of a boost.

Actually, since funds used to pay SS go up mostly based on wage inflation, and Congress keeps saying they want to balance the budget, it might be more appropriate to base SS increases on that. In which case, the raises seniors get would be even lower, on average.

Look - the rules providing for automatic COLA raises have been in place for over 40 years (since 1975). (Prior to that, raises were only given at the whim of Congress.) At this point, anyone one eligible to start drawing from SS (ages 62 - 70) would have had most, if not all, of their working career to plan for the way that the raises are provided. Complaining about it now seems like crying over spilled milk.

If you don't like the way the raises are provided - complain to your Representative and Senators, since Congress sets the rules.

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