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Letters | Clash over proposal to reform social security

Debate over indexes overlooks a sensible alternative

Tom Keane’s column on fixing Social Security missed the point (“Touching the third rail,” Op-ed, April 21). The battle should not be between the Obama Democrats and the hard-left Democrats as to whether to change the annual cost-of-living adjustment from the current, urban-based Consumer Price Index formula to the so-called “chained CPI.”

Both of these indexes attempt to capture what inflation does to a typical basket of goods purchased by an individual. But the basket of goods purchased by a senior citizen is different: We don't have a regular job, so we spend less money on clothes; however, we do spend more money on health care.

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