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Letter: Cost-of-living adjustments needed for Social Security

I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the recent announcement that there will not be a cost-of-living increase for Social Security beneficiaries next year. As health care costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors, like me, is becoming unmanageable, especially as previous cost-of-living adjustments have failed to keep pace.

Though there is a growing movement in America to expand Social Security, next year’s lack of cost-of-living adjustments demands immediate action — 79 percent of likely voters (Democrats, Republicans and independents) support expanding Social Security benefits and paying for it by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share.

It is critical that Congress acts now to maintain dignity for seniors and people with disabilities by addressing the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment next year.

People like me are counting on it.

Michele Sterling

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.