COLUMBIA — I receive three daily newspapers. Last week, on Aug. 7, all three copied word-for-word a story from The Associated Press from Washington stating retirees now receive less money than they paid in.
First, the original writer did not look at the card bearing their number. They would have noticed the name change. It is now the Health Insurance Social Security Act. That changed when dependents and spouse insurance plus the premium was added to the cost in 1939. My sister and her three children received that benefit when my brother-in-law died. One child was less than 1 year old. That program aided her until that child graduated from the police academy in Tampa. She became a lieutenant. Families of two of my four daughters-in-law used the same needed program.
- 56 million people receive a monthly check.
- 36 million average $1,235.00.
- 8.7 million disabled checks ($1,111).
- 2.5 million spouse checks ($590).
- 4.3 million children checks ($564).
- 4.4 million widows/widowers ($1,152).
Today’s young people thinking of having a family surely will have "security."
P.S. In 1982, MU had a program on this and ask me what I thought. I said we need a length of living allowance. Newspapers printed that with my name. It was added in 1983.
Harry R. Weitkemper is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.