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Is social security optional?
Not really. Some religious groups have been allowed to opt out of the program, but short of that it's pretty much mandatory.
(The groups that have been allowed to opt out have a long-established tradition of providing for their own elderly, so that social security was for them effectively something they'd already been doing on their own for decades. You can't just say "it's against my religion" and get out of it.)
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