One of the concerns that people have regards receipt of their Social Security checks. SS is not a government hand out. It is money earned and paid into an account to be returned in monthly installments when the individual has retired.
Many people do not realize that if you delay applying for your SS, the government will penalize you/reduce your check by as much as $100.00 for each year you delay.
Also at one time, all recipients were paid near the first of each month. Then a policy change was made where some people went from getting their funds on the 3rd of the month to having to wait until the 3rd Wednesday of the month w/o adjustment for the delay. Basically, they had to survive for 7 weeks on 4 weeks of income.
Social Security used to be a separately administered account. Now SS is included in general funds, so a hiccup, glitch in the system, or other problem will have a direct impact on many (all?) of us.
Remember those sad & frightening words, "We are here from the government and we are here to help you."