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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

July 9, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the Social Security COVID-19 Correction and Equity Act.
July 8, 2020 Press Release
House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee’s approval of $13 billion for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) FY 2021 budget with an increase of $100 million above FY 2020.
June 25, 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 Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul, urging SSA to work with NASEM to advise the agency on the long-term health effects of COVID-19, the effectiveness and availability of treatments, and how to best evaluate the long-term impact of the virus on survivors’ ability to work.
June 24, 2020 Press Release
Last week, the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) released an insightful report, detailing the impact of Social Security field offices on its beneficiaries and other stakeholders. To follow up on these efforts, today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Chairman John Larson, and Congressman Brian Higgins sent a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner, Andrew Saul, asking for a response to the troubling findings from the SSAB’s report. The Members released the following statement:
June 18, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, 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 Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul, urging SSA to share vital information on Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with representative payees
June 8, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) welcomed a report from the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) on Social Security field offices, “Decisions Regarding Field Office Closures”.
May 20, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ranking Member Tom Reed (NY-23) released the following statements after they held a roundtable discussion on Social Security and the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 15, 2020 Op-Ed and Letters
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) wrote the following op-ed that appeared in the Hartford Courant.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Foreign Affairs Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) are requesting that the U.S. State Department immediately turn over the Trump administration’s plan to cut Social Security benefits and all related documents.
May 14, 2020 In The News

The Democratic chairmen of two House panels are scrutinizing a State Department plan to overhaul Social Security that they say unfairly takes away Americans’ entitlement benefits in exchange for a quick cash payment.

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