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All you need to know about the Chained CPI and Social Security in one graph

Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words. And for those interested in understanding what impact the “Chained CPI” will have on their Social Security benefits, look no further than this graph.

chained cpi

The Chained CPI would change the way inflation is calculated, and shrink annual cost-of-living adjustments for seniors. That means if someone retired at 65 and lived to 95, their total benefit cut would be a whopping $28,000. For a real-world example, look no further than the grandmother of EOI Policy Director Marilyn Watkins, who at age 97, would have lost more than $450 per month.

The Chained CPI is not a “technical fix” to benefits are some politicians describe it – it’s a benefit cut, plain and simple. To learn more and contact your representative, check out Social Security Works.

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