The United States continues to face challenges in funding retiree benefits, leading to estimates that by 2035, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may struggle to maintain retirement benefits. To what extent is this issue a real problem affecting current employees of the most powerful country in the world?
Although they are currently predictions, various specialists are predicting a dark future for the Social Security Administration throughout the North American country. As a result, more than one retiree continues to question whether these benefits will be cut in 2024.
Thus, here we tell you the current situation and the future of SSA regarding pensions. Will retired workers suffer a reduction in their contributions and benefits?
Although it is true that the danger of mismanagement by the administration is hidden, a fixed cut has not been determined for 2024. In addition, it is expected that there will be an increase in income. Let’s remember that every year there is a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) made, where the purpose is to increase the benefits so that the inflationary effect is not felt directly.
It must be said that, in the middle of 2023, the SSA allowed a historic COLA that reached 8.7%; this is the most significant increase in the last forty years in the entire United States.
And although the expectations for the next year are not as promising, it can be said that the growth is slower than expected, the impact of which can be seen in the 2023 COLA. This is how the Senior Citizens League (TSCL) shows that the current cost of living index will be 3.2%, although the official figure will be known on October 12 when the official figure is known.
What does SSA analyze?
It should be pointed out that the SSA analyzed the price changes that occurred in the third quarter of the year, but we must point out that this analysis does not take into account the previous months, which are the ones that show the strongest increase.
According to various specialists, this does not mean a reduction in half of the benefits of creditors, but rather a significant reduction in the real purchasing power of benefits for the coming year. Likewise, it should be considered that Medicare premiums will also increase, resulting in reduced income for contributors.