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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

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Social Security and Medicare are NOT entitlements; they are the insurance that you’ve paid for. Democrats must fight for our nation’s seniors. Under the guise of deficit reduction, Republicans have recklessly attacked the vital supports for our seniors. 

For 75 years, Social Security has been a promise to all Americans that they would have a chance to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work. We have an obligation to keep that promise; to safeguard Social Security for our seniors, people with disabilities, and all Americans – today, tomorrow, and forever.

Social Security is not the cause of our budget deficits! It does not add a penny to the deficit.  Even without changes, it will continue to provide full benefits for decades to come. We can and should take steps to strengthen Social Security, but those who say benefit cuts are the only way to reduce deficits are not being honest. Click here for more facts on Social Security.

Rep. Larson addresses seniors in Manchester.
Rep. Larson speaks with seniors in Manchester.

Medicare also protects seniors’ health and economic security. Medicare provides seniors with health care coverage they would not otherwise be able to afford. In Connecticut there are about 587,000 Medicare beneficiaries statewide.

Medicare has dramatically improved the quality of life for seniors. It is the largest source of health coverage in the nation. Before Medicare, one-half of America’s seniors were uninsured. Congressman Larson remains committed to strengthening Medicare, not tearing it down. Any proposal to ensure Medicare’s financial stability must preserve guaranteed benefits that have made Medicare a reliable source of care for seniors.

Rep. Larson speaks with seniors in Glastonbury
Rep. Larson answers a question on Medicare from a constituent in Glastonbury.


Today many Republicans are continuing their efforts to dismantle these social safety nets that they have objected to since it was created. The federal budget is about more than just dollars and cents. It is a statement of our values and priorities. They would rather cut benefits to seniors than cut subsidies to Big Oil or corporations that ship jobs overseas.

The deficit must be addressed, but it should be done in a way that is fair to all.  We should not balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s seniors.  Congressman Larson and other democrats will continue to work to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.

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More on Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

August 15, 2017 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the anniversary of Social Security.
July 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. John B. Larson, (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the “Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act”, a bill that improves on the successes of the Medicare program and provides Americans (ages 50-64) a new option for affordable, quality healthcare. The Act will offer people in this age group the new option to buy-in to Medicare thus avoiding the increase in premiums that older Americans often face.

July 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson (CT-01) warned of a new fraud scheme targeting Social Security beneficiaries.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after a hearing on the 2017 Social Security Trustees Report with Chief Actuary, Steve Goss
July 14, 2017 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security Solvency
July 13, 2017 Press Release
Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the 2017 Social Security Trustees Report
June 29, 2017 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security Coverage and Payroll Tax Compliance
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson (CT-01), released the following statement on the Social Security cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Social Security represents a sacred compact between the federal government and the hard-working men and women who pay into this important insurance program. I was proud to join with Chairman Johnson in introducing the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act to require the Social Security Administration to remove beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers from mailed notices.

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