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Letters on Social Security, Christmas wishes

Dec. 30, 2017 at 11:23 p.m.

A wish comes true

While everyone was wishing for their certain gifts and surprises, I just wanted one gift. I told my family not to give me anything for Christmas. First, because I didn't have the money, and second, I never know what they want.

All I wanted for Christmas, (by the way, I got it) was to spend one more Christmas with my 96-year-old mother. This was a very special Christmas. May all your Christmas wishes come true like mine did.

Jerry Grafton, Kilgore

Social Security joke

I just received my new benefit amount for the increase I got for my Social Security for 2018. I thought I was getting a raise but come to find out it was Medicare that got a $21 increase and I got zero. What a joke when we were told everyone was getting a raise in their Social Security.

Is there anyone who can tell me how Medicare gets a raise and I didn't? When I had my gall bladder operation, the cost was $22,000, and Medicare paid $2,000. How is this 20 percent? Medicare pays only what they want to pay. I called about this and was told they pay what they want to. Seems like the patient is the one that gets the shaft and Medicare reaps the profit.

I can count on one hand how many times that I have used Medicare, and yet I pay all this money in every month with very little benefit. Guess 2018 will be just like the rest of the past two years, no raise in Social Security.

Betty Hunt, Longview



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