Social Security is an alien concept in India, from where I am, and this concept interests me: I have been reading and discussing this with friends recently.
One friend from Vietnam, who became a citizen through the H1B a decade ago, shared with me that his parents get paid ~$900 each/month. His father also got a bypass surgery via Medicare at not cost.
His parents had never worked or been to the U.S. before and definitely had not paid any taxes to enable them to be eligible for Social Security.
When I pointed this out, it became apparent that my friend was actually unsure what that amount was. Other people suggested it was welfare.
Out of all these discussions I had the following questions:
Is it possible for anyone to receive $900 as Social Security? It would not even cover health insurance and rent for senior people.
Is it possible for anyone without their 40 credits to be eligible for Social Security?
In case my friend did confuse Social Security with welfare, is anyone with seniority eligible for welfare? How is welfare funded and paid out?
Please treat this question objectively: if certain parts of my question seem subjective, leave a comment and I will reword it as suggested.