Seniors: Social Security & Medicare
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 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 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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Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act.” The twelve month patch to the Medicare payment system is opposed by a large number of physician groups across the nation:
“I stand firm with our doctors and Medicare beneficiaries – we must stop politicizing the Medicare payment system.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 25. The legislation extends sequester cuts to Medicare in order to repeal recent changes to military retiree cost of living adjustments.
“Today, the House voted to address changes to cost of living adjustments for military retirees on the backs of our seniors. The measure passed today was the wrong way to go for the nation, pitting supporting our veterans against supporting our seniors.
Bristol, CT - In light of the potential closure of the Social Security Administration part time office in Bristol at the end of January, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne are announcing a new collaborative effort to continue to allow residents with general Social Security issues to have a direct link to Social Security Services.
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House Committee on Ways & Means voted in favor of a permanent solution to fix the broken Medicare physician payment system. Larson, along with the full committee, voted in favor of the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”, H.R. 2810:
Hartford, CT – In a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation today urged the agency to be more flexible with enrollment periods and strengthen standards for Medicare Advantage plans for UnitedHealth Group enrollees.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the Center for Medicare Services announced that seniors will see zero growth in Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2014 and that Medicare beneficiaries continue to save money on their prescription drugs due to the Affordable Care Act: