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