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Florida Workers Over 40 Will Depend On Social Security

July 18, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A majority of Florida's workers age 40 and older claim they will depend on Social Security when they retire, according to a recent survey.

The poll released by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security Foundation found that 52 percent of those workers expect Social Security to be their primary source of income. Dr. Nancy Rudner-Lugo, president of Health Action, a Florida health and social services consultant firm, says continued political meddling with Social Security will assure that today's workers will face severe poverty in the future.

"Both parties need to come to the table and work out a solution, and really hands-off Social Security and Medicare. That's not where the big dollars are. You can't cut people to the bone."

Politicians keep putting Social Security on the budget-cutting block for good reason, Lugo says.

"The reason they want to go after Social Security is because it is solvent. That's where the money is. It's been a well-run program."

Without a resolution of the debt-ceiling issue by Aug. 2, President Obama said recently, those on Social Security now may not get their payments on time.

Information on the foundation is online at ncpssmfoundation.org.

Les Coleman, Public News Service - FL