Social Security Benefits Not Expected to Increase in 2010 or 2011

For the first time in more than three decades, recipients of Social Security benefits (including Social Security Disability benefits) will not get any increase in their benefits next year, federal forecasts show.

The absence of a cost-of-living adjustment, calculated under a formula set by law, will be a shock to older Americans and the disabled already hit by plummeting home values, investment losses and rising health costs.  More than 50 million people receive some form of Social Security benefits.

Social Security Recipients have received automatic cost-of-living adjustments every year since 1975. The increase this year was 5.8 percent.

The forecasts, by the Obama administration and Congress, indicate that Social Security beneficiaries will not receive any cost-of-living increase in 2010 or in 2011.  The COLA is intended to preserve the purchasing power of Social Security, by increasing benefits to keep pace with consumer prices. In the last year, overall inflation has been low, largely because of the economic downturn and a decline in energy prices.

The Congressional Budget Office, predicted that inflation would remain low for several years, so Social Security might not pay a cost-of-living increase until January 2013. President Obama’s budget assumes no increase in 2010 or 2011, then a 1.4 percent COLA in 2012.

128 Responses to “Social Security Benefits Not Expected to Increase in 2010 or 2011”

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  4. stephanie Says:

    Hi Just stumbled upon your blog great information. I can see why they won’t increase benefits as so many people are now on benefits it will cost the goverment even more

  5. brenda castle Says:

    I am shocked to find out about this fact! I am on SSDisability and barely get by as it is! How did the Congress allow this to happen when they are all gung ho over spending all sorts of money on people and businesses that are not so needy! Mr. Obama should be ashamed! He’s out vacationing on mine and others SS check cost of living money right now! Forget health care until we can get our Government programs already in need back on the right track!

    I say “Heck no to cost of living cuts and ask Congress to cancel those plans before spending more money on new programs!!!”
    With no increases and continuing hikes in the cost of Medicare, I fear I will be homeless in two years!

    Something is wrong with a Government that is no longer “for the people”, and “by the people”! Where is the Media when you need them!

  6. Anonymous Says:

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  7. d wilson Says:

    i am on ss and recieve very little as it is the health care program maybe important but so is the seniors who try to survive on what they get each month i bet when it come to get a pay raise in washington i bet they get one

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  12. D Herndon Says:

    I am a disabled viet nam vetern I am trying to raise 3 grandson ( we have adopted ) things are tough enough as it is and NO SS increase will just multiply that situation.WHAT is Obama thinking?? doesnt he care about the older generations ??I wonder if obama’s parents were haveing to survive on SS diaability if he would re think this??

  13. mickey mouse Says:

    I’m a recipent of ssi and no raise in cost of live means a harder time and I bet the formula they use can’t predict what this economic roller coster is going to do in the year to come let alone until 2013.

  14. Maria Says:

    Hi: I AM ON SSI AND I AM STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHICH ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    THIS IS DEFINETLY NOT RIGHT.

  15. NESHA SMITH Says:

    I ACTUALLY THINK WE ALL DISABILITY PEOPLE SHOULDGET A COST OF LIVING PRETTY OFTEN BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS GETTING TO EXPENSIVE COST FOR US WE ARE BARELY MAKING IT WITH THE AMOUNT WE RECEIVING EVERY MONTH ON OUR DISABILITY SSI , SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS IT IS ALL ABOUT HELPING ONE ANOTHER NOT JUST 1 OR SOME PEOPLE .

  16. Pst Says:

    I can’t believe that Seniors will not receive an increase in 2011. Is the government going to pay for our bills?
    I don’t think so.

  17. gh Says:

    very disappointing..guess it’s time to go back to work…who am I kidding? where are the jobs? can’t wait to vote in the next election year.

  18. LOHNES Says:

    NO COST OF LIVING IS HURTING ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON RENTED LAND SUCH AS APARTMENTS AND MOBILE HOME PARKS, PARKS RAISE THE RENT $25.. A YEAR AND APARTMENTS RAISE RENT WHAT $25. – $50 A YEAR. NO COLA IN 2010, AND NONE IN 2011 IS REALLY GONNA START HURTING LOW INCOME PEOPLE, FOOD HAS GONE UP, MERCHANDISE HAS GONE UP, BUT NO COLA..

  19. T. Jenkins Says:

    why is it that every time the goverment needs to cut their budget, the first place they think of is the elderly. We have contributed a lot during the years of employment and now the goverment seems to think we are a bunch of THROWAWAYS. We need that increase to live off, EVERYTHING is GOING UP except our social security benefits. i am 68 years old no one will hire me, even though I have years of experience in the mortgage industry, I have a mortgage to pay and if I can’t get an increase in my benefits and no employment, I will probably lose my home

  20. Western Sage Says:

    It’s clearly time to repair how the CPI is calculated. Over the past several decades, under administrations from both parties, the way the CPI is calculated has been modified not based upon on the real world cost of living as much as on how to save the government money while still appearing to meet its commitments to those who receive benefits adjusted by the annual CPI. Just one brief example of what I mean. Federal employee retirement annuities did not increase in 2010, but deductions from those benefits to pay for health insurance increased by $40 per month. Apparently the cost of health insurance is not included in the CPI formula! There are many other items that should also be included in the CPI calculations.

  21. wilma j. rogers Says:

    I am having a really hard time understanding that the government is not giving a COL increase to social security recipients in 2011 – but I am hoping and praying that our president will somehow change his mind. Persons on social security only are strugging as it is with cost of goods, food and housing costs including utilities, maintenance, etc.
    I worked hard all my life and was promised these annual increases. Why is it that congress and other elected officials continue to get raises and their salaries are far more than retired persons who can longer work. It hurts and our President can and should do something about it.

  22. wilma j. rogers Says:

    where are the jobs?? – most of our retirees can no longer work due to health issues, etc. and even though we may have some skills to work part-time just to supplement our low social security monthly benefit, jobs are few and far between.

  23. kenneth Says:

    we need a cola for 2011 ithink who figures cpi is a millionare who does not care about seniors

  24. Chris Miller Says:

    I think the goernment and everyone else who thinks people who have to live on ssi or ssa with no retirment money should try it and see how they like it . the cost of living if not the same in every state nor gas or food cost. people on ssi or ssa who have to be on it have no chose and cant work. and the so called health care that comes with being on it is not good ether. i cant get classes or teeth. and nither can vet,s men and women who have beenin the miilitary ! cost of living what a joke you might as well tell us to live int he street because anyone of you that thinks liveing on ssi or ssa giving you enuff money to get by you dont live in the real world check out what everything cost where you live and what someone there gets each month and then talk to me !

  25. Kelly Says:

    I am so upset we won’t get an increase again in 2011? My Doctors are not cutting back on their co-pays! I can’t even afford staples like toilet paper! But let’s see..Prisoners got away with getting claims awarded to them fraudulently for foreclosures on homes they never owned!!! I’m disgusted how they cut back on people who need it the most! Wake up! Let’s see how many prisoners get claims from BP awarded to them! It’s embaressing to be an American these days! I need my increase to survive.

  26. Sally Says:

    I just don’t believe what is going on in America right now especially with S.S And Disability. My 72 yr old husband
    worked for a company for 51 and retired with now retirement
    pkg at all. He still works part time to keep up on the house payment,utilities,and basic needs to keep us going. He paid into the S.S. just like every American did and still do, Unlike the illegal imigrants who are recieving Food Stamps,Welfare Checks, and Free or nearly free housing. I was a auto body shop manager and paid into to S.S. also.What American don’t?
    I got cancer and was not able to go back to work,Perminatly,
    Totallt,Disabled, I recieve disability but all my money goes to my Doctors vistist my Health Insurance and my medications.
    I am not a senior citizen at 44 yrs old. I think the Government
    wants all of the Senior Citizens,American Veterans,and all of the Truly Disabled American Citizens to kill over so the Government can pocket more money.

  27. K. M. S. Says:

    Welcome to America, where if you worked and paid into the system, when you need it you’ll justb scrape by. But, if you just came here, from somewhere else, you’ll live like a King!

  28. EDEBEE Says:

    i THINK WE SHOULD STOP SPENDING ALL THE MONEY OVERSEAS IN IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN, AND THINK ABOUT TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHILDREN, AND ELDERS WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE. tHESE FOREIGNERS DON’T CARE ABOUT US, IN FACT THEY HATE US AND WISH WE WERE OUT OF THEIR COUNTRIES ANYWAY. Bring the boys home and take care of the U.S.

  29. Robert Says:

    Oh, you can bet they won’t vote themselves a raise this year….they are all in fear for their Congressional seats. And with good reason! The Dems in office stand to lose anyway and if they vote themselves a raise, it will be very short-lived. I agree with everyone…I live on only SSD benefits and have struggled with living expenses, too. How dare the government bail out the CEO’s and executives whose income is 10,000 times ours! Like the saying goes, “Money talks and bs walks!”

  30. bill t. Says:

    i think it’s time we the people took back our so called government! i don’t know what thoese law makers are thinking but if they don’t we will take back our government!! one way or the other. it’s time for a change no matter what!!

  31. Gerry Says:

    take 1 % of each free money ‘give away’ to other countries, put in the SS and raises will not be a problem…or have BP put 10% into the SS for the lives they destroyed for older Citizens on the Gulf… or take 1 % of the monies that Congressmen/women and Senators spend on Lunches in Washington put in SS … and we can all enjoy a nice increase…. or cut back on the Suits an Dresses spent by the Pres and Ms. Pres.. and put that into SS… or just do like we do for everything else… just print up some more green backs… count em up.. put 10% of that into the SS fund… sure bet these ideas will get great attention…. oh well … back to the cheese sandwitches….

  32. Thomas Says:

    I am legally blind and have a wife with MS and three daughters to raise my wife has a part time job and we do not understand how they can say that the cost of living is not going up. If that was true we would be ok, but that is not the truth. Food is going up the school cries for money even after we pay our taxes. The worst thing is the crazy Alliant energy costs they just keep sending us notices that they were approved for increases, well i think maybe we need to be approved for our increases so we can pay them. The Republicans keep voting no for a increase not Obama!

  33. Joseph Eshelman Says:

    I don’t thing the Disabled should suffer by no increase in there SSDI, as cost have not declind, they have escalated, I Believe We on SSDI should recieve a Good Increase in 2011…….I am sure that Congress and The House members recieved an Increase……………We on SSDI have a disability and if it was for some Third World Country, I am sure they would recieve Money Requested. Thank You In This Matter, Please consider an Increase for 2011, Thank You

  34. tobaez Says:

    i cant believe this at all im about to have my first child in september my boyfriend doesnt have any income what am i going to do without a raise 674 thats 1 months rent right there i hope somebody with authority is reading all of these comments and can do something about this my money is gone the first week of every month what kind of goverment do we answer to? the end of the world if u ask me

  35. Mrs. older senior Says:

    Do your senators and reps really know what “living” costs? With their income they have no idea what the normal retired person has to pay out for living expenses, and medical bills. They need to open their eyes to the rest of the country.

  36. Joey Says:

    I would just like to know where they live, saying prices are not going up! Not going up where?!

  37. Dale Sigman Says:

    I guess we have to pay for the parties for all the White house guest and all the trips they take on the planes and limos. The elderly and veterans made it possible for Obama to get in office .I guess we can vote against him next election. They should all be ashamed in Washington.

  38. Mindraker Says:

    It made “some” sense in 2010 when the economy was tanking and prices really weren’t rising. But it hurt now for 2011 — prices are rising again and the economy is picking back up. I had to go to my landlady and ask her not to raise the rent for next year because my Social security didn’t go up, and I really couldn’t afford it.

  39. pat Says:

    this is AMERICA

  40. debra deal Says:

    i get ssi and home-cook everything my rent is 450.00 my lights 100 and so on doctors wont release me to go to work say im not able.god knows if i could i would do so.our checks are not going up but rent lights food everything is gone up but they tell use nothing has gone up how far does it have to go up for us to get a raise on our checks. i struggle every month just to pay my bills not to mention my etc..i know some famlies that get ssi and work every day for people and make more than they do on ssi these people need to go off of ssi and let people who do need ssi get it. ive turned these people in and still nothing has been done these people still draw a check foodstamps leap and antything they can getfor free.im wanting to get married and they told me if i do our checks will go down to 900.00.i feel like im being punished just for getting married plus they said my foodstamps will be cut.but i can live with him and keep my check and his this is srewed up the system is ass backward. this is how i feel about the system.

  41. Anonymous Says:

    billions for war, low taxes fof the super rich. money to bail out wallstreet thieves.nothing for the american people. no ssci raises for tne disabled or the elderly. this is america?

  42. Tom V Says:

    I am also on SSDI and can’t make it! All you dummies who voted for Mr. “O” it’s your fault. Get with the program people.

  43. Don Says:

    just like a bunch of carpetbagger to screw people on disability

  44. shirley henderson Says:

    well, we cant get a increase…With all the people who choose not to work that get food stamps, lunches in school, free clothes, free xmas gifts, free medical, glasses, dental, cell phones and then go steal from the working people to buy drugs and alchol…I see these people go buy groceries with food stamps and then go out the store and help themselves with watermelons that are outside at the grocery store…I guess we owe them that to…Why dont you Democates that voted for obAMA give these people money and give us republicans a raise in ss…Your the ones that voted for that idiot.

  45. Donnie Norris Says:

    I think the whole administration is stupid. They give bale outs to special interest groups and won’t give us a small increase. He’s out of here next election.

  46. susan Says:

    I cant understand no pay raise! What is this going to mean to alot of people. I guess the goverment just want a class of poor and rich. Everyone that worked so hard to plan for the future now has none. Thanks Washington You Did it again.

  47. kenneth Says:

    i do believe we should take care of disabled people and get out of all these wars iam a disabled vietnam veterans everytime we go to war we spend so much rebulding the shabby countries anyway give that money to americans who deserve it who borrows money to give to some other country how sorry is this

  48. virginia Says:

    we need a raise on ssi and ss.

  49. ladybug Says:

    i and husband had to get a divorce we are both disabled and cant get the meds we need as it was so, we did what we had to do…i was married for 31 years and the goverment forced my hand, we get what we need, but i was just told my lil 1 bedroom aprtment was going from 400 to 500, i get 300 a year for energy asst. in nov., for nov,dec,jan,feb., i get 60 a month in food stamps, and i pay 16 a month for out of pocket for meds., plus the price of meds. between the both of our checks we get 804 a month….now tell me can we live like this, helllll no.

  50. mackmc Says:

    I can’t beleive that the senate and congress beleive that people that’s receiving disability and ssi have to suffer because they all the decisions on people lives like no cola for 2010 and 2011. I bet they receive a substancial increase ine their pay for 2010 and the future to VERY UNFAIR, SHAME ON YOU.

  51. Monique Says:

    I am a single parent of two and I am on disability and I am mad as heck with this mess. How do they expect us to live the price of food is rising daliy and gas is going up as we speak. So why are they not giving us a raise? I though when Obama got in office things was ging to change but looks like they has gotten worser. I am living on $159 a month in food stamps and 1100 dollar in cash. How in the hell do they think that is enough money to take care of three people. They tell you can’t get married cause your income is going to change. I feel that I am being a victim here.

  52. Anonymous Says:

    I would like to know where they get the idea that people on SS do not need to have cost of living increase. Rent is at least 665.00, health insurance is 212.00, water is at least 75.00, heat and lites at least 100.00, meds a month at least 150.00 that is a total of 1202.00 a month and my SS is only 1082.00. Thank goodness I have some retirement money or I would be in the hole. I have about 200.00 a month for food and gas for my car. The goverment thinks we do not need a cost of living when come 2011 all of our meds and health insurace and rent go up how will we pay this?????I think all those in goverment should live on what we have to for one year and I am sure we would all get a cost of living increase…

  53. Anonymous Says:

    POOR PEOPLE ARE ON A HUNGER STRIKE WHILE THE RICH IS EATING THREE MEALS A DAY THANKS TO THE GOVERMENT

  54. Robert Says:

    How come congress can vote themselves a $5000.00 a year increase but us on social security can’t get our cost of living raise

  55. r.mylet Says:

    our government has money to go all BUT not to the seniors

  56. brandi Says:

    All the talk here will not change their minds because you need to have someone that represents people on Social Security and Disability in Washington fighting for your rights. They know no one can live off of the money social security benefits pay out for retirement and disability. Ask, do they care? No. Who is really running this government the elite rich. No one can survive on social security or disability benefits period. If enough people get together and bring it out to the press maybe something would be done. It’s embarrassing that the United States is the only country in the world that doesn’t care about the disabled or the elderly. I am an American, born here but all this country was ever about was money and when you are no longer productive you become useless to society. Am I wrong. I don’t think so.

  57. Anonymous Says:

    I think it’s a shame the Obama administration is taking
    cost of living increase from people on Social Security. We are getting peanuts as it is. President Obama why don’t you tax the rich, and leave people on Social Security alone.

  58. L. Burns Says:

    I am on ss and I can’t see why we can’t get a raise. Obama can go on vacation, the govenment (house of reps and Congress) get raises so why can’t we? Obama stinks by letting this happen to the people that really need that raise. I can’t wait until voting time because I will definitely be voting for some government officials to go bye-bye and others to come in that will maybe be “for the people” and “by the people”. It definitely won’t be Obama.

  59. Marilyn G. Watts Says:

    THIS STINKS……

  60. 11**1980 Says:

    I am mad bc this is so sad! People are born not able to work and some people become disable so they cant work..Why in the heck they are being punish like this …

  61. Linda Says:

    This is absurd. We have stopped our newspapers, done away with land lines and use cell phones, clipped coupons till our hands ache, worn that coat another year and washed those tennis shoes one more time . . . we are probably the last generation that can make do with very little. Unless that ‘very little’ is medicine, good food, warm homes and money to pay the doctor. Shame, shame on the greedy.

  62. Fred Says:

    THE NO COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE TRAGEDY:
    Every year, everything goes up….. THE Light Bill, the water bill, the phone bill, the gas bill, the insurances, the gasoline, the groceries in general, including the drinking water, the taxes on the houses in general, the clothes, the shoes, the underware, the coats for winter-time, the blankets for cold and rundown trailer houses such as the one we live on, because we cannot afford a house, even the hamburgers every once in a moon’s sight. It makes me very sick just to know that this tragedy is going on for not only one year, nor two, nor three, but more, BUT I feel being stepped down like a coack-roach and don’t feel happy about it either. In discussing this situation with many other disabled people in adult day care centers and on the streets, we’ve come to a conclusion that THE government is N O T helping the poor people, whom are getting poorer, poorer, and poorer every day, week, month, and year. HOW about reconsidering putting this outrgeous and unfair situation back on track like it used to be; eventhough like it was still is not enough to make a living, nor survive, BUT just to get-by and still be not enough for the month. Please don’t forget the poor people are a majority of the voting people for all nations. This is going backwards and not FORWARD.

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  64. Michael Says:

    After reading these comments,I can’t wait for election time myself.You see I like a big dummy voted for the lies that were told to the American people in the last election.

  65. Anonymous Says:

    I am disabled with a high perscription $ totals amount a month.. I recive a $900.00 -93.00= 807.00 -39.00=777.00 a month for insurance for Part B and D.. My perscriptions are aproxm 500.00.. or more? that leaves me 277.00 now with out the medicare kicked in due to the gap I am paying fuull price for perrscriptions..
    That is leaving hardly anything to live on . I am married My husband is now working after being laid off for 2 years due to automotvie shut downs 30 yrs Quality Engineer. What a way to live.. This is worse then worse.Where is the Money Obama. sure is here in US..

  66. poorbutpatriotic Says:

    This is just sad. The old and disabled need to eat too.

  67. Vinny Says:

    I got $ 222.00 pm in 2009, with no COLA in2010 , now there will be none for 2011 ?? That is about $12 bucks at most, the govt. better get it’s house on order before starting new ones that my great grandchildren will be paying for. I can’t work due to health, and my wife works and even she didn’t get a raise, so with everything up 5-9 % except my income, I stop takingb my cemo. That should be enough to get several hundred their COLA’s for 2012. Send mine share to my widow.

  68. LARRY Says:

    If we would clean house in Washington by getting rid of those WHITE ELEPHANTS (senators and representatives) that are suppose to represent us but we as voters ,every election year, put the same person back in again. why!!! We should not under no circumstances give the blame for this mess to Obama completely but I do think he was stupid for wanting the job after Papa Bush and Junior Bush completely destroyed the U.S. economy with their so call wars and now bama -bama is waging his. Those countries (10 Tribes) have been fighting since the beginning of time and will be fighting when time ends. WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE AND GET RID OF THESE CAREER POLITICANS–LET THEM GET A JOB AND WORK FOR A LIVING INSTEAD OF LIVING WELL- OFF OF TAX PAYERS . We need someone to represent us and get our country moving in the right directions and for sure he or she should put a stop to those loans given to these foreigners, especially those from India who comes here and get a big, big monster loan of tax payers money to buy up most if not all of the motels and conveience and gas stores in the U.S. at a big 1% interest . Dont get to excited, you do not qualify for a loan like this. You are an America Citizen.

  69. Llinda Says:

    The Nasa budget should be put on hold for the next ten years. I don’t think colonizing the moon or mars is of particular interest or need to anyone when the elderly and disabled can’t pay their bills or pay for medications and Dr. copays. Nasa is a huge waste of government monies and could probably balance the budget in just a few years, judging by their “skyhigh” spending. Please forward to President Obama. This is really worth considering.

  70. Llinda Says:

    Oh, and an additional comment to the one I just left; the death benefit from social security is, as we all well know, a joke. You can’t even afford to be buried at sea for $255. You can’t be cremated. You can’t be buried in a cemetary or even buy the plot to be buried in. I have lived paycheck to paycheck my whole life and sometimes worked three jobs at a time to support my family. Now I can’t even support myself. I cannot leave anything to my children for my final expenses because I can’t afford life insurance. I paid my taxes, contributed to Social security/fica since I was 15 1/2 years old. I had to get working papers to get a job that young. So, not only has my life been hard; my death will be embarrassing and demeaning. Thanks, Government, for taking care of your fellow Americans.

  71. MARY R. DEXHEIMER Says:

    WHY DON,T THE GOVERMENT STOP HELPING THESE LARGE COMPANY,S BAIL OUT AND THERE C.E.O.,S FROM THERE BIG BONUS,S AND START HELPING THE PEOPLE THAT HAD PAID INTO SOCIAL SECURITY FOR YEARS THINKING THAT IT WOULD BE THERE FOR US WHEN WE RETIRED LITTLE DID WE KNOW THE BAIL OUT WOULD BE ARE S.S. BENFITS AND KNOW RAISE,S AGAIN THIS YEAR THEN LOWER OUR MEDICAL COST AND LET THE BIG COMPANYS RETURN THER BONUS BETTER YET LET THEM GET OLDER AND TRY TO GET THERE S.S. AND TRY TO LIVE ON IT. WHEN THERE USED TO MAKING MILLONS AND GO TO NOTHING LIFE DOES CHANGE GENTLEMAN. WE NEED THE RAISE,

  72. jimmy gill Says:

    Thanks (but not thanks) to a do-nothing-for-us president who will see to it that there is no social security increase this year. He really has a heart for the older generation of people in the USA! Evidently, he doesn’t realize how this will hurt him come election time! He is now an official “one-termer.”

  73. An American senior citizen Says:

    Seniors need a cost of living, especially the ones that live only on S.S. income. A month is a long time to wait on a little check and an increase would at least add alittle more to this check. We worked many years for this and now its taken away from us. Washington leaders don’t have to worry, they can vote more income in on the big wages they already receive, so they don’t have to worry where their grocery money is going . to come from, their out eating big steaks or having large dinners or taking exclusive vacations a half dozens times a year. They just take it away from the seniors.

  74. jeffrey jefferson johnson 1V Says:

    It is almost impossible for me to live on my $1928 a month for disability and now I find out that I will not be getting anykind of raise. I went from neting after EBITA an average of $32,000 a month on my two restaurants thjat I leased, I injerd my back falling in a yard. This happened in 10/08 I have since lost the restaurants, My home >which in 2007 it appraised for $650,000 I paid $165000. Of course now U see why I lost my home and three vehicles a jet boat three jet skies awinter house in aspen a summer house in Jamaca and of cource of income until we had them all reposesed. What Im getting at I alegedly make tooo much money on SSDI so I do not qualify for any aid from the state WHY?

  75. Karol Says:

    America would rather help other countries before it helps its own. No matter who you vote for (because I’m not voting at all), things are not going to change. One thing I can say about the Bush Administration, when he was in office, the SS & SSI people got a raise each year. People hated Bush, but he did not mess with your raises the years he was in office. Isn’t it ironic that the first year this new President is in office, the people Do Not get a raise. Wake up people, you have voting power too.

  76. Gettin' Poorer Says:

    I’m getting poorer by the minute with medicare D increasing, food prices going out of sight and no food stamps!, high electric bills with a long hot summer and winter coming on, emission inspections, taxes, tags, and insurance. I don’t have any money left to contribute to the economy like shopping! I’m glad the people in our government can sleep at night. May God bless all of the SS recipients!

  77. Gettin' Poorer Says:

    Like I said, I’m getting poorer by the minute. May God bless all of the SS recipients!

  78. George Stiebinger Says:

    I would like to know if the people that figure out if the cost of living has gone up live on this planet. The worlds cost of living has increased especially my world, Every thing has increased for me on all my essentials FOOD SHELTER CLOTHING and GOVERNMENT. GOD help us all AMEN

  79. tanya Says:

    i am just so irrated by this bunch of bull!!! i mean what does the gov’t expect ppl to do with no increase?? i have an autistic son who is on SSI and his sensory items and speech and OT therapy “toys” that he needs are very expensive and what he gets just doesnt cut it!! it’s not fair, it’s like everyone is getting bailout money, or whatever but it’s going to the people who are rich and dont need it in the first place! thats all obama care about it are the rich,, he wants all the middle class and poor to suffer and be forgotten. great job obama, your doing great you p.o.s!!!!!!

  80. theresa Says:

    the cost of living has tripled and the social security benefits are going down . what is happening to our country ? also my health care copays are going up ! just read that federal employees will be getting their social security raise ! all poeple deserve social security when they retire even though the younger generations think they can do without . you will be a senior faster than you think ! you better save big time !

  81. Anonymous Says:

    ave these people been to the grocery or had to pay
    water or elect bill god help us our country want

  82. steve neal Says:

    hey this country is gone to hell in a basket when american poeple cant get a 25 dollar a month raise but we can bomb a country the send money to rebuild it i think the goverment should give more to the lower class poeple they will take that money spend it and that makes the economy better but to give money to the rich the money goes nowhere so if we pump money in the lower class then jobs will pickup because they r buying

  83. Marti Says:

    Not only will I have to do without little things like food and housing, I am on a work program with SSA and it will be 2 years in a row with no increase of benefits, cutbacks in medicare, and not allowed to earn more each month in my little part-time job.

  84. marthac Says:

    After brain surgery in 02, I thought I could face anything. But my husband of 17 yrs walked out on me in 07 and I can tell you it is tough being on your on. Medical bills alone are outragous. The surgery left me blinded in one eye and with severe headaches everyday. After working for thirty one years and paying in to ssi. and loosing both parents and a sibling very young. You know they never say what happens to the $ of the ones who do not live to collect theres??? Anyway I feel it would have been better for the government it I had just expired on the operating table.

  85. marjorette Says:

    well, hopefully everything will work out . i think increase should be continue every year . i guess congress needs to allow ss,ssd,ssdi and ssi getting increase in every year . think about it . pray for you

  86. Diane Says:

    We on Social security NEED a raise! I am on disability! It is so hard to make it and my Mother & I can’t make it month to month! If we don’t get a pay raise, then nobody else should either! Start with our pathedic congress and the president that I did NOT vote for! If they can’t give up $1000 of their pay, as much as they make, then they should make what I do! Try to live on $800 a month! This stinks! Just like our new government! They want “change”!?? Give it to them, by not giving themselves a raise!

  87. Anonymous Says:

    It is cruel to not give the poor what they need the last time social security got a raise was when gop was in charge how sad is that.Maybe on Hell’s Kitchen they should give us tips on how to cook cat food for granny….sorry I’m pissed

  88. sue Says:

    well i guess the congress gets what they want and ss disability or ss just gets another kick to the curb like our little 20 bucks is going to hurt any one but it means a medication or food wich do you go with out this year thanks to our great american way of goverment…..
    I guess we will just toss a coin to see if we eat or die hope you all rest well in in the goverment….knowing some of us are without food or medications

  89. dave schowengerdt Says:

    i am on disability and was a deputy sheriff for ten years. and you look at who makes all to rules and they all make over $100,000 and that isn’t counting there ear marks that most of the the time makes them over $1,000,000 and then they tell us we have to live on nothing after we paid into the same thing as everyone else did

  90. David Says:

    I am shocked that the cost of living is not going up again this year, Hoprfully this will be my last year on Disability, I am looking for a job very hard now and I can’t wait to get off of Disability soon. I paid for Disability in every one of my checks and I am very disappointed that I can’t even get my money back when I need it. IT IS MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW! I have a serious Health problem and I need the cost of living cost of living to help me out with bills keep rising, LIKE GAS!, almost three dollars a gallon

  91. Mr. I-Will-Vote-in-2012 Says:

    Mr. Obama,
    You have let me down. I voted for you in 2008 and you allowed this again..What are you thinking about? Okay, enjoy the ride because you just loss my vote in 2012.

  92. G.M.Pollard Says:

    If they can give Wall Street to get back on their feet and now they are paying big bonus to their employees, why can’t they give the elderly a cost of living raise? The price of food has gone sky high along with meds.

    Someone needs to get after the pharmacutical companies.

    Please, help the eldery.

  93. Duane Says:

    I find that this congress and President Obama don’t live on a fixed income. As we all see the government spends our tax money on bail out of large companies. Not giving a *&%$ about the little people the one that voted him in their thinking the change would be better for the lower income and them on social security and on ssi. I being on social security disability depend on social security pay raises to pay my bills. We are to go with out so they came spend money on everything but the SS in fact they took from Medicare to give Medicaid a few billion from what I understand.
    I don’t know where they are living but here in New York everything has gone up, Electric, Home Heating, Water bill, Medical coverage, proscription cost have gone up. Transportation costs have sky rocketed due to the fuel cost going up. Even thou them in Washington D.C. said medical coverage wouldn’t go up We all are looking at a large increase for or medical come in January 1st. some will have to drop medical coverage or get less coverage. That means more out of the pocket cash and where am I going to get that?
    Less food or cut back on eating all together. The democrat’s use to be for the lower income and the middle class people now they are for themselves, and not the people that pay them. Another year of SPAM and mashed potato’s or maybe just cold cereal for all three meals.

  94. Fritz Says:

    Lets wait until the next vote.

  95. BEN Says:

    HERES WHAT I TELL THE HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS WANTING THERE 20%, SEND THE BILLS TO WASHINGTON BECAUSE THEY THINK WE DONT NEED RAISES TO PAY FOR OUR COVERAGE AND IT GOES UP EVERY YEAR. MAYBE WE WONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE OTHER COUNTRIES KILLING US WITH CAR BOMBS BY THE TIME OUT GOVENMENT GETS DONE WITH US WE WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE END ANYWAY

  96. Ruby Says:

    I agree with everyone, I am on SSD and what I get a month I can’t afford housing,(there is no such thing as cheap housing) Elec,water,Doctors,Medication.I had to give up on going to the doctors,my husband has PD Dementia,and it takes alot for his doctors,Med,. I stay with my son for a little while and then to my sisters,it is back and fourth.So come Election no one on Taxable Hill will not get my vote

  97. Felicia Says:

    I understand that people are upset because their will not be an increase in the next year. PLEASE DON’T BLAM IT ON OBAMA! he is not the only one in office and he have to answer to others before a decision is made. We have to think about what is really going on and who really made the mess before Obama was elected for presdent!!!!

  98. david carl Says:

    The old and disable need the extra money that they don’t get by this form, but i never saw congress or the house give up their raises. Do you really think if they would pass up the chance to keep the poor people poorer they would. Lets see them go with out a raise for 2 years and see.how they feel. People.on ssn have a very hard time living with what they get, but yet our country will just give away money to other countries for no reason. My thing is save our country and it’s people befor others.

  99. Linda Says:

    we need a raise! everything is going up except pay raises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. Duane Says:

    To all the Jerks in Washington D.C. that voted for the poor Elderly and the Disabled to go without so they could have more in their pockets for this year and this coming year may their Christmas be Merry and their New Year a peaceful.

    I will have a nice Christmas but not Merry I will have a peaceful New Year knowing I could throw a few Quarters into the Christmas Bucket at Wal-Mart for the needy. More than the Congress or the Senate would do for it own citizen.

  101. melissa Says:

    Thanks Obama! Im sure your not struggling to pay your bills or feed your family. How do you lay your head down and rest a night? Shame on you!!

  102. Disappointed Says:

    THIS CANT BE TRUE. NO RAISE AGAIN. HOW COULD WE BE SO WRONG ABOUT APPOINTING A PRESIDENT THAT AVERTISED SOMANY PROMISES, I GUESS IT IS ANOTHER FALSE ADVERTISMENT. SO SAD THAT THE LEADER OF OUR COUNTRY HAS HURT THE PEOPLE THAT HE IS SUPPOSE TO PROTECT AND HELP. THAT IS WHY THE PRESIDENT IS THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT. SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE EVERYTHING BAD HAS HAPPENED.

  103. Jack Houston Says:

    It’s simple, losses from foreclosures are part of the CPI and healthcare premiums are not. Benefits the folks who are doing OK and hurts those who are not.

  104. Aldo Says:

    Hi, I agree with most of the bloggers; it is awful that there is no cost of living increase projected this year, nor next year for seniors and the disabled. Those who voted the Repubs in office are the blame for this. This party plans to dismantle the education system as well as social security and medicare. We must start communicating with our elected officials. We must tell them to protect our educational system, social security and medicare programs viable. Write, telephone, e-mail them NOW!

  105. karen Says:

    i cannot believe people such as myself and my son will not get anything . how bad off do you have to be before OBAMA passes a bill for ss recipents how about all the raises the congress and senators including the president, let’s trade places see how the rich survive in our shoes, they couldn”t when wii OBAma be taking another vacation? anytime something goes wrong the president heads out of town and how much will it cost the taxpayers? us folks on disability, ssi, and the elderly want something from to survive, after it would to see a elderly person living on the side of a highway under a bridge,

  106. karen Says:

    my first comment did not come out to well but i know one thing for sure if OBAMA does not help the elderly and the people on social security and etc, OBAMA will not be reelected in 2012, how would anyone who works in the federal government like to live on $12.000 a yr. my ex lives on $12.000 a yr. my son and i live on less then $20.000 we cannot afford another 4 yrs. of OBAMA or his CRONIES, we”ll be dead from starvation.

  107. Francie Griffith Says:

    I receive ssi/ssa benefits and barely can pay my bills. I receive foodstamps of only $200. per month so that in two weeks I am out of food. If we did not dumpster dive we would not survive. All of my furniture came out of a dumpster or alley, luckily I live near a university so you can find cool stuff. I wonder if the people making these decisions were to spend a week with us living like this their minds would change about exactly what amount the benefits for an individual should be? The minimum paycheck for anyone should be $1,500. a month. The government has taxed roughly 30% of every paycheck I ever received in my lifetime. I am a three time cancer survivor. I have worked my entire life. I and every citizen deserve better than this. Why do we pay pencil pushers six figures a year to tell us what we can do with our own money? When will people become enlightened to the fact that the only way to take care of the people of this country we have to fire the government that has dwindled it to financial ruin? Wasn’t every dime we made enough? Why is it so hard to get it now that we need it? It is, after all…OURS. So we have a choice. Yes we can “withdraw our applications” and receive benefits at a later date. What does that do for the disabled? I cannot afford to live in a decent apartment. All rental agencies require that your income be three times the amount of your rent. That means that at just under $700. a month I cannot qualify for a $300. a month studio apartment with rats and roaches. Most apartments even one bedroom ones are around $500. a month. that means to get a one bedroom apartment that is safe a single person should receive a sum of $1,500. per month. People have to pay utility bills, which are expensive. They have appointments to keep to retain benefits, and to maintain health, vehicles cost maintenance and insurance and gas. And everyone should have an amount for personal care and clothing. Until this is provided we are not even scabbing a wound. They should change the name. Nobody on social security is socially secure.

  108. On SSI Says:

    Perhaps we should have a big nation wide march, or at least a big peaceful protest down 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We that are disabled can be pushed in our wheel chairs. I’m very serious, the illegal immigrants did it just a few years ago, why shouldn’t we? It’s good to contact representatives, etc, but we need to start making ourselves vocal publicly and be much more visible. No violence, but we need to take some real visible action here. Most of us were the young people of the 60′s and 70′s. We stood up for what we believed was right back then and we need to do it again.

  109. Lori D Says:

    Yes I’m on SS disablity and they stated that I would not get a raise again this year :( I haven’t received one in 3 yrs. They say the cost of living has not gone up!! Foophy!!! Milk, bread, tp anything you buy has gone up atleast 50 cents to a dollar, and continues to go up!!!! even my electric and water. phone bill $2 a month !! They determine the cost of living by the price of fuel, Really??? What about all the things and food we need to survivor on?? and untilities??? But they can spend so much on other countries and forget us!!!

  110. gary Says:

    now that the cost of living is going out of site are we going to get our social security raise and is congress going to give back thier raise they shouldnt have got

  111. Jo Says:

    As a disabled, that worked all my life, whether for family or outside the home, and been in an accident that I had a bad attorney for, have raised kids that pays over a million in taxes, for having 5 generations of family that where wealthy enough to put in billions to trillions into the system, and now I get to live where I have to choose as to whether I get my water shut off or pay for the meds that keep me alive, or freeze and also listen to a bunch of cold hearted people complain because they might see me out one day a week on a good day for me to be able to get food that has doubled in price in the last 6 months and have them belittle me because that one day I walked ok and talked ok, and than find out that the pres that I voted for, was a lie and is trying to kill me by denying me what was our right for my whole life that I have paid into to be there for me.. for everyone.. Just in case they get hit by a cement truck too. you have to be an idiot to WANT to live below poverty, there is never any peace knowing you can’t meet your bills and knowing you can’t get your teeth fixed that hurt and maybe next month you will have to lie down and die because you can’t Afford meds. All I have to say, is I have a creator that I will have to answer to, but the best part is that Obama, and the senate and congress, have to stand before the same creator, whether they believe it or not. So elderly, disabled, homeless, get your life in order, set your heart right, we may not make it next year with out some major interventions, but we still have One bigger and badder than the usa government, that will plead our case for eternity. And that is where I find my comfort, because there is none on earth.

  112. Jeff Says:

    I can’t wait to vote this guy out of office. He has money for everyone and everything but the old and disable. Even George Bush took care of the people on Social Security.

  113. FED UP AS AN AMERICAN Says:

    Its the democrats and republicans who are of the attitude let them eat cake – i mean starve. His name could be McCain for all I care same ideas same disgusting treatment towards the american citizens in the United States. I mean we are the United Nations now just look around. Why are giving any type of foreign aid, tax shelters for oil companies, corporate welfare, all of the above plus special pig projects while we owe and continue to starve. I’m on SSDI and I have to add my husband income to mine so while others dont have to pay taxes on their SSDI I do. Our housing costs is over my check when you add food, gas, utilities, there’s nothing left. While others go on vacations dont worry about food, and dont forget they have made no concessions to pay for their own medical care. Shame on these so called representatives who do nothing for us. May they burn in hell.

  114. Yvette Says:

    I think it’s heart breaking, the cost of living may not go up in SSI checks or other forms of payment. But the cost of food went up, gas went up. I live in what’s known as public housing, and that’s gone up also. I live and survive on bare mini here and raise three children. I can’t do it. I don’t or can’t apply for welfare assistant i make too much, but certainly wouldn’t seem that way Many of us are struggling. and why should we have too the government needs to start taking care of the people here. Or no one is going to want to be in this great state. I certainly don’t want too. and i didn’t vote Obama in office, bet your ass i will vote him out.

  115. Anonymous Says:

    I am voteing for someone new in the election this year

  116. Beverly G Says:

    I am voteing for someone new in the election this year

  117. dmozuna Says:

    I am disabled also, my husband left me in the street with my 3 children. I only recieve 675.00 in disability. Now, we are homeless, struggling no car, no home and barely enough food. And now I find out no raise till 2013 ( maybe?) I find it funny that social security doesnt try to understand this and help us keep our benefits and let us try to find work but still remain on our benefits. I have fybromyalgia and there are days I feel a little good and could put in some light duty. But there are days I cant even move much less stand the sheets to touch my skin. And for those times is when I need my benefits. The government doesnt care about its people. Its funny how most Americans dont realize the humanity that the Middle Eastern countries actually have for there people. There laws on stealing, and Adultry are rough but if you believe in the 10 commandments why should it bother you. I lived there after the war in Kuwait. The Royal family GIVES there people a home fully furnished, a car, food is so inexpensive its outrages, free medical, gas of course is very cheap. And jobs so they can have money. If you are an american living there your imployer gives you tickets to fly back and forth from Kuwait to US to visit your family twice a year. Best of all you have no taxes. Plus you get an extra allowance for the amount of children you have. This is how America should be. I thought this is what America stood for, I always thought I our President cared about our people until I lived in another country. Thats when I realized what we were in need of. A government that loved its people. And for the war we have no business there. thats the reason we are targeted by terrorists. We shouldnt be supplying Israel with weopans let those people fight there own wars. I saw a young man at the mall yesterday in his 20s missing limbs and disfigured. This government doesnt pay them enough disability to compensate for their limbs and life. I ask you people What is the government doing for us? I dont know but Im tired of crying and begging for food..and a place for my kids to sleep… People, look at me , I use to travel abroad and have a life, because of a doctors mistake I have lost my right eye, and suffer from chronic pain…now, I am a pest in the governments eyes. And to everyone else around me. Needless to say even to my own family. My children and I are unwanted, like spilled milk. My only friend is God, and Im still waiting to here from him. May God bless all of you who are suffering and remember to rely upon God himself. Dina

  118. April Says:

    i am on ssi.. i finally got to be my own payee and be on my own. i was doing good until the cost of everything went up more and now i am always short on bills, and only get 40 dollars in foodstamps. i get 679 a month and my rent is 490 and electric is usually about 150 dollars. my medical doesnt pay for everything i need so i have to pay for some myself which means if they dont do a pay increase i will have to mnove back in with my mom. i worked so hard to prove i could take care of myself and now it feels like the goverment wont let me.

  119. Nancy Makowski Says:

    Well HELLO??? Do you people relize that it is the Republican party who is responsible for wanting to reduce our Soc Sec benefits, and yes,even take it away from us including Medicare? It’s all they can talk about. You all, if you are intelligent, better vote for Obama next time or kiss your ‘you know what’ goodbye.

  120. d. shelley Says:

    Does Barack Obama know how many people on social security eat cat food and go with out medication so they can pay rent?

  121. Linda Says:

    How come illegals get food stamps and other benefits from the goverment but the citizens dont get raises in their SSI. Where is the fairness in that

  122. Barbara Says:

    What a mess us seniors are in, never thought I would see this in America, I worked most of my life and now I am disabled and we havent had a raise in several years we all paid in to this and now nothing is their for us, the goverment needs to pay us back for dipping into social security and they never have paid them back. what the hell…..I hope someone would read all of these peoples emails, bet they havent..Yes, I think that are congress men and women and senators should have to live off of what we get. They say COLA doesnt think are food,gas, all householdbills, insurance, medicare can pay all our bills, oh…presciptions…my s/s ck hardley covers it all…yes, they need to live like we do..and yes they did get a raise last year in congress and senate…oh well, we as seniors dont count anymore just throw us out and eveyone of them some day will be like us oh but I forgot they have money saved , unlike us we dont make what they make…..that is for sure. What a joke are goverment is at this point………………………Barbara

  123. Jazzmin Says:

    me and my husband are on ssdi they just closed the ssi because we got married and were on houseing and we are paying 600 when the rent is 760. and now they just cut us back 200 and now we get 1253. for the 2 of us were not going to make it because of this and its wrong i am 25 and been working since i was 9 years old i am so sick and tired of only 100. a month to live on the bills are to much noone can live on this amount not when it comes to 2 people and how can they raise a kid they should give it to the people that get paid thousands a month and what stinks is that i cant pay all the bills and pay to get my car fixed and yet they think its ok were even talking about going out west when we dont want to leave were we been for the past 5 years the goverment sucks all i can say is thanks for nothing and their is no help from the money pigs at the goverment

  124. Dave Says:

    I am disabled and struggle to meet my financial obligations wth the small check I receive from SS monthly. It is frustrating and sad for folks in my situation. I never imagined my America would end up in this dire of a situation economically. Obama should be ashamed for taking our country into the downfall we see happening before our eyes.
    No pay raise for a 3rd year is beyond the pale! As long as he
    (BO) is in office we will continue to fall behind in the world.
    VOTE in November, 2012!!!! America can regain it’s rightful place in this world, GOD willing!!

  125. lillie m Says:

    we can take care of other countrys but they cant take care of us what has happen here send millions over seas let people in white house have privit planes never use their miney byt make us pay we need to go where our money is going

  126. jnanuk Says:

    IM TIRED OF EATING PB&Js. FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, 3 JARS& 3LOAVES A MONTH EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE A HAND OUT FROM A NEIGHBOR. WHAT A LIFE!!! I AM SOOOO PROUD THAT I SERVED MY COUNTRY FOR 10 YEARS. I LOST 45,000 WHEN GM FOLDED. THAT WAS FOR MY RETIREMENT. SSDI&VA DISABILITY AT 50% JUST DOESNT COVER THE BILLS. MAKES A PERSON WONDER WHAT TO DO NEXT,ROB A CHEVY DEALERSHIP?? OOPS- THEY DONT HAVE ANY MONEY EITHER!!

  127. ssd Says:

    prices going up on everything and people like me are barly getting by i cant get a job because my disablility and this is what i live on a roof ,food takes about all my money now.

  128. Charles Nicolopoulos Says:

    The key word here is “overall”. Senior citizens on Social Security find nothing ever decreases in price that they need.
    Overall, the cost of living has little or nothing to do with an elderly person on SS.
    My rent has NEVER went down one penny. My insurance has NEVER went down one penny. My phone bill has NEVER gone down, unless I cut some of the services.
    They all keep going UP. Never did they go down.
    What is included in this “OVERALL”?
    The tricky thing is that the COLA thing is based on the AVERAGE price of things. Right or wrong the cost of living NEVER decreases for retired folks, because they are not buying what average person buys.
    Maybe the old folks should not get a raise in their SS checks, but at least be HONEST about it. The cost lost living NEVER goes for retired senior citizens, unless they die.

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