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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

March 27, 2018 Event
Rep. Larson is visiting the West Hartford Senior Center
March 23, 2018 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT), released the following statement on the passing of the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 in the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill had previously passed the House of Representatives by a 396 to 0 vote. It now goes to the President for a signature to become law:

March 23, 2018 Event
Rep. Larson is visiting Wethersfield Senior Center.
March 14, 2018 Press Release
During today’s Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee hearing Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) defended Social Security by pointing out it is insurance Americans pay for, not an entitlement, and highlighting the need to expand the program.
March 1, 2018 Press Release
Today, three Ranking Members from the Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), requesting the Committee provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with at least an additional $560 million in FY 2018 over total FY 2017 funding.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) condemned the proposed cuts in the Trump Administration’s proposed budget.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee, and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01) released the following statements in response to reports of a framework being developed in the Senate that would force families to accept cuts to their Social Security benefits in exchange for receiving paid leave to care for a new child or a sick family member.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Ensuring Social Security Serves America’s Veterans
February 5, 2018 Press Release
The House voted 396-0 today to pass H.R. 4547, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 – bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve the representative payee program to better protect vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries who are unable to manage their own funds.
January 16, 2018 Press Release
Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT) and Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) welcome the release of the Social Security Advisory Board’s (SSAB) new report, Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Program.