A Rundown of Social Security Benefits

Here are the basics of what you'll get and when.

Social Security Card
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Social Security, which gets much of the credit for driving down the poverty rate among America's senior citizens, has become a political hot potato in recent years. Depending on who's talking, the system stands to go bankrupt sometime in the next three or four decades unless something's done. Simply put, there will be too many Americans living longer and becoming eligible for Social Security and too few younger Americans to support their payments.

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