It's not every day that politicians come face-to-face with the people their decisions affect. So I'm sure that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) — who recently held an event to discuss Social Security benefits — was not expecting this woman to stand up, speak out, and deliver an emotional plea for help that left the room in oh-my-wow-that-was-seriously-heartbreaking silence.
Sheryl Tenicat, in her own words: “$624 a month. That’s what I'm living on. 99 of that goes to my Medicare Part A and B. After I get my check in two weeks, it’s gone. I have nothing. I live on what I eat here [at the senior center]. I just do not want my cost of living cut, because I’ve paid in since I was 16.”