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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 85 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

July 30, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and House Ways and Means Oversight Committee Chairman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) reacted to the alarming report from the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General revealing a significant backlog of unprocessed mail at the Social Security Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 15, 2021 Press Release
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) commended the House Appropriations Committee approval of $14.1 billion for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) FY 2022 budget, an increase of $1.1 billion from FY 2021.
July 10, 2021 Press Release
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released following statement after the Biden Administration removed the Social Security Administration's Commissioner Andrew Saul and Deputy Commissioner David Black.
June 24, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT) and Committee Member Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Know Your Social Security Act.
June 24, 2021 Press Release
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Collins v. Yellen.
June 17, 2021 Press Release
Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study titled “Social Security Disability: Process Needed to Review Productivity Expectations for Administrative Law Judges” that was requested by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01).
June 17, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT), Ranking Member Tom Reed (R-NY), and 13 original bipartisan cosponsors introduced the Work Without Worry Act.
June 15, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) chaired a hearing on “Equity in Social Security: In Their Own Words.” During the hearing witnesses highlighted why Social Security must be strengthened and expanded.
June 4, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Committee Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson and Ranking Member Tom Reed released the following statement regarding GAO’s report on benefits paid to foster youth by the Social Security Administration (SSA), which was mandated by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018.
May 28, 2021 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the announcement that President Biden’s budget includes a 9.7 percent increase in the Social Security Administration’s budget for 2022.

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