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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

January 26, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s proposals to expand access to workplace retirement accounts and empower working Americans to keep track of their savings:

November 12, 2015 Press Release

GARFIELD, NJ – Today, U.S. Rep John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) for a lunch meeting with 200 constituents at the Garfield Senior Center to discuss retirement security and their plan to expand and strengthen Social Security. The two members serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Social Security and they were touting H.R. 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act, introduced by Rep.

October 15, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today the Social Security Administration announced there will be no cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2016. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

August 14, 2015 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) reflects on the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
August 10, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) marked the upcoming 80th anniversary of Social Security, which was signed into law on August 14, 1935 by President Roosevelt. Larson joined local advocates and constituents in Hartford to celebrate the current and future success of this vital program.

July 22, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson released a statement on the latest Social Security Trustees Report.
June 23, 2015 Op-Ed and Letters
It seems every time we talk about the long-term future of Social Security, many in Washington start clamoring to raise the retirement age or propose other ways to trim Social Security’s modest benefits. For the two-thirds of retirees who rely on Social Security for a majority of their income, there is not a Social Security crisis, there is a retirement crisis. That is why we must preserve and enhance the one program Americans have always been able to count on.
March 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined several Members of the Ways & Means Committee and others in introducing the ‘Social Security 2100 Act’, HR 1391. Larson, a member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, authored the measure in order to cut taxes for Social Security recipients, provide a benefit bump for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for generations to come.

March 18, 2015 Page
The Social Security 2100 Act would cut taxes, strengthen benefits, prevent anyone from retiring into poverty, and ensure Social Security remains strong for generations.
January 30, 2015 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the first Social Security check.

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