Sep 12, 2015

"Rude Shocks" For Widows

     The New York Times reports on the "rude shocks" that Social Security can provide for widows.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not quite sure why it is a rude shock that one person does not get paid as much as two people. That should be expected, not a shock.

Anonymous said...

Because it makes the widow's benefit vacuous. It is like having a private retirement integrated with SSA. It is a nugatory.

Anonymous said...

It is nugatory to the widow(er) who was not a dependent on the working spouse since they get a Social Security benefit or a government pension based on their own work. But the widow(er)who was dependent gets the spousal benefit after age 62 as well as a survivor benefit for the rest of their life. Not nugatory. The concept that wives are dependent upon husbands was part of the 1935 legislation and here, eighty years later, although there have been tweaks and additions and changes, the widow who worked at a paying job. Don't know how to make that 'fair' and equal to all.

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Anonymous said...

While we're on the subject of interesting social assumptions baked into SSA benefits, why is that childless spouses get bupkiss from SSA upon the passing of their spouse until they become disabled and reach age 50 or reach retirement age?

Childless married couples have the exact same legally-strong, domestic partnership relationship (marriage), and that widowed spouse could be just as dependent upon her/his now deceased formerly-wage-earning spouse. Yet again--as with Medicaid, public housing, etc.--the childless poor are left out in the cold.

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