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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

June 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Social Security and Representative Mike Bishop (MI-08), the newest member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, introduced H.R. 6084, the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act.

June 7, 2018 Press Release
Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security’s Solvency Challenge
June 5, 2018 Press Release
John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, released the following statement on the 2018 Social Security Trustees Report.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on the Future of the Social Security Number
May 8, 2018 Page
Social Security is our nation’s most successful insurance program. For 80+ 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.
May 7, 2018 Press Release
Last week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) celebrated the enactment of his bill, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act (HR 4547), into law with Disability Rights Connecticut.
April 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 (H.R. 4547). Introduced by Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT), this bipartisan legislation will modernize the representative payee program so that it will better protect Social Security beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own benefits. 

Ranking Member Larson said:

April 12, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Republicans attempted to pass a measure requiring devastating cuts to the middle class, seniors, Social Security, and Medicare having already passed a disastrous tax bill that gave tax relief to the wealthy and corporations.
April 12, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman Larson (CT-01), Lead Democrat on the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee gave the following remarks after the Republicans attempted to pass a measure requiring devastating cuts to the middle class, seniors, Social Security, and Medicare having already passed a disastrous tax bill that gave tax relief to the wealthy and corporations.
March 28, 2018 Event
Rep. Larson is visiting Newington Senior Center

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