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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 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

September 15, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking them to conduct a study on service delivery by the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 8, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that all members of the United States military in the income range specified by President Trump’s executive order will have their Social Security payroll taxes deferred.
September 4, 2020 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the Save our Social Security Now Act with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and 19 colleagues to overturn President Trump’s executive action to defer payroll contributions. They also introduced a resolution of disapproval working in a parallel effort with Senators Schumer and Wyden, to initiate a Congressional Review Act resolution to expedite the vote.

September 4, 2020 In The News
A House Democrat on Friday introduced two measures in an effort to block President Trump's initiative to defer payroll taxes.
September 2, 2020 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), announced he will introduce legislation to overturn President Trump’s executive action to “defer” the payroll tax as well as work with Senate colleagues to initiate a Congressional Review Act resolution to expedite the vote.

August 29, 2020 Press Release
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Treasury Department’s guidance to defer collection of the dedicated funding source for Social Security.
August 27, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT), and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) released the following statement after the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced changes to its waiver request process for certain individuals overpaid through no fault of their own during the pandemic, and the resumption of check reductions for overpaid individuals.
August 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after Social Security Administration Chief Actuary Stephen Goss released an analysis, requested by Senate Democrats, based on the impact of eliminating the payroll tax completely.
August 24, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) released the following statement on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) reposturing plan to continue service to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 21, 2020 Press Release
In a letter to President Donald Trump, Congressman John Larson (D-CT) and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) today demanded that the Administration reverse their recent actions attempting to dismantle Social Security.

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