Social Security checks could be delayed or put on hold if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling by Thursday.
Social Security, medicare, and medicaid would all be impacted by the shutdown. The government would not be able to pay the money it owes to it's citizens. This would be the first time the United States would default on their debt.
Senior citizens are sure to be some of the hardest hit. Years of building Social Security may soon mean nothing if the debt ceiling is not raised.
Seniors like Florence Baran worked their whole lives, paying into Social Security.
"It makes me feel terrible, I worked hard for that," she said.
Florence is just one of 37 million American seniors who receive Social Security checks.
Thousands of retirees visit CASI (Center for Active Seniors, Inc.), to socialize with other seniors, play games, and even take exercise classes. A place for friends to gather.
Bill Moellering retired from Caterpillar in the Quad Cities for 22 years before it was shutdown. He now comes to CASI to play cards with friends. But now he is concerned on whether he will receive his Social Security. If not, it could be a complete lifestyle change.
"It would change our lifestyle quit a bit," he continued, "it might delay some of my bill paying and it would cut into my retirement," said Moellering.
Bill Moellering's friend Harold Beuthien joined the conversation, adding his own story.
"If we don't get our Social Security checks we are going to have to cut things," said Beuthien.
Making cuts, seems like an unnecessary conversation to have, considering he payed into Social Security his entire life.
"That is not government money, that is our money," Beuthien said.
Now the golden years of retirement, are not looking so golden.
Three days, that is how long the Federal Government has, before millions of lives may be drastically changed.