More than 19 percent of the Auglaize County population, a total of 8,765 seniors, received Social Security benefits in 2012 â€” but Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said they are not getting the benefits they deserve.
â€śBecause of Social Security, Ohioâ€™s poverty rate for seniors is 8 percent,â€ť Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference call. â€śItâ€™s one of our nationâ€™s best anti-poverty programs and has been for seven decades. Itâ€™s not a hand out, itâ€™s an insurance mechanism.â€ť
Brown announced his support for the Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013, which he said would expand Social Security benefits, adjust the calculations of seniorsâ€™ cost of living and extend the life of the trust fund.Â
Describing himself as a grandfather of two and admitting his age of 60 years, Brown said he knows what getting older means.Â
â€śSince the beginning of Social Security in the â€™30s and since the beginning of Medicare in 1965, people have lived longer and healthier lives,â€ť Brown said. â€śIt really is what takes our country in the right direction.â€ť
For more information on the Social Security Act of 2013, see the Thursday, Nov. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.