We no longer have to wait to see how the battle over the debt ceiling will turn out, the Washington Post already told us:
"No matter what the outlines are for a final agreement to lift the debt ceiling, the deal will include cuts to some of the nation’s major entitlement programs: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."
There you have it, right there in the first sentence of a Washington Post article.
This piece also told readers in the context of a discussion of lowering the Social Security cost of living adjustment:
"experts have long argued that the formula [the current consumer price index] overstates inflation because it does not take into account changes in consumer behavior in response to rising prices."
While some experts have argued this point, other experts have noted that research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that consumption patterns among the elderly are substantially different from the consumption patterns of the rest of the population. These experts have suggested that if the concern is making the cost of living adjustment more accurate (as opposed to just cutting it), Congress could just instruct BLS to construct a cost of living index that was based on the consumption patterns of Social Security beneficiaries.
Such an index may show a rate of inflation that is higher or lower than the current index. It would be impossible to know for sure without first doing the research. However, there is no doubt that such an index would be more accurate than the current one for measuring changes in the cost of living of the elderly.
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