Is This Social Security Threat Gone for Good?

Social Security has been in financial trouble for years, and many proposals to shore up its finances have been controversial. In President Obama's new budget, one previously suggested change to Social Security was taken out, but is the controversial provision gone for good?

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at the proposal to change cost-of-living adjustments by using what's known as the chained CPI. Dan notes that economists argued in favor of the move, saying that it better reflects the actual prices people pay. But opponents saw it as a veiled threat to Social Security benefits, and they believe that the Obama budget now properly protects Social Security recipients from that threat. Dan notes that those who supported the chained-CPI COLA now say that the failure to move forward will only cause bigger problems in future. Dan concludes that you can count on this issue coming up again in the future.

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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