Congress Considers Stimulus for Social Security Recipients

The White House has propsed to give every Social Security recipient a check for $250 next year. This has spurred debate from all sides.

Seniors are facing many real price increases. One senior said, "Health care — which is one thing that retirees buy in greater abundance than healthier younger workers — is something that is not going down in price, and, in fact, continues to outpace inflation."

Some members of Congress have proposed a 3 percent cost-of-living increase, to give seniors a break.

But some still say there is no justification for allowing seniors to have special treatment right now.

Others realize seniors are facing unique hardships because their houses and retirement  have lost value due to the bad economy.

One problem with the White House proposal is it treats 50 million seniors as a  common group. But the individual needs of seniors have a wide range that may not be benefited by an across the board stimulus check. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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