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When he claimed early on his own work record, that locked in a lot of what he could claim. The same discount he took to collect at age 62 would have applied to a spousal benefit, if he was eligible for a full one (if you were 66 when he was 62). He would have lost 28% or so of either his benefit or a spousal.
It's also too late to pay back all his benefits. You have to do that within 12 months of starting to collect.
He could put in for a spousal benefit, which might be higher than his current benefit, assuming you are at full retirement age yourself.
Sorry the news isn't better. The early election sets a lot of social security options.
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