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Wed Jan 11, 2012, 02:17 PM

I got a 25.00 a month COLA!!!!!!! Can I be the 1% now?

Finally after 3 years, my meager SS check has increased to cover inflation.
A whole 25.00 a month.
I sit here dazed, not ready to decide how to splurge my new found wealth.

Any suggestions?

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Reply I got a 25.00 a month COLA!!!!!!! Can I be the 1% now? (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 OP
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #2
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #3
InkAddict Jan 2012 #4
hay rick Jan 2012 #5
eridani Jan 2012 #6
cyberpj Jan 2012 #7
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #9
cyberpj Jan 2012 #10
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #11
cyberpj Jan 2012 #13
Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #14
shanti Jan 2012 #16
Saving Hawaii Jan 2012 #8
AnneD Jan 2012 #12
shanti Jan 2012 #15
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #17

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 02:24 PM

1. What do congress critters cost in your neck of the woods?

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 02:33 PM

2. Hmmm..they are all Republicans..

I guess I could offer to buy them their soul back.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 02:34 PM

3. Well, on the good side, that probably wouldn't cost much.

Republican congressman's soul? You'd have enough left for a latte.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 04:42 PM

4. You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Cones on dixiegrrrrl?????????????????????????????

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 08:28 PM

5. Treat yourself to some Fancy Feast.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 10:32 PM

6. Or Senior Vittles!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 11:41 PM

7. Re: "Can I be the 1% now?" NO! We need it back to cover the increase in your medical premiums.

But it's a nice little illusion innit?

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Response to cyberpj (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 12:30 PM

9. Is Medicare going up for 2012

or are you talking about supplemental (or both)?

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 01:06 PM

10. Not sure yet. Was basing that NO on a few things:

1. Past experience

2. Hearing the late Ted Stevens' "NO!" in my head when I read the OP:
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ted+stevens+%2bno&mid=53C0CB01D5EBA6963D8153C0CB01D5EBA6963D81&view=detail&FORM=VIRE7

and
3. CSM article from October 2011

Medicare premiums taketh what Social Security giveth?

Medicare premiums are slated to rise by about $10 a month for most recipients in 2012. These higher Medicare premiums will eat into the extra $39 a month that the average Social Security recipient is expected to get from next year's cost-of-living adjustment.

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press / October 19, 2011

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2011/1019/Medicare-premiums-taketh-what-Social-Security-giveth



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Response to cyberpj (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 01:07 PM

11. Thanks - I had missed that.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 12:12 AM

13. This might help.

I stumbled on this today. It's from end of Oct 2011 so if it's changed, no one's updated the FAQ at this point.

FAQ: Medicare premiums and coinsurance rates for 2012

https://questions.medicare.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/2309/~/medicare-premiums-and-coinsurance-rates-for-2012


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Response to cyberpj (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 AM

14. Thank you again!

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Response to cyberpj (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 09:50 PM

16. there ya go

i posted before seeing yours. that's what happened to me too. i'm retired with full medical/kaiser. my monthly check was lower this month due to a $45 increase in my kaiser! i will get a COLA this year, but it will probably only offset the increase in kaiser. it's a scam, i tell ya!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 11:54 PM

8. Don't spend it all in one place!

It's hard being rich!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:58 PM

12. You are only part of the 1%....

if you spend it at the BMW or other luxury car dealership.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 09:48 PM

15. was it taken up by

a similar increase in medicare? that's usually what happens...

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Response to shanti (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 10:46 PM

17. Dunno..don't have Medicare premiums.

But yes, Medicare premiums did increase about 12.00 a month, I believe.

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