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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 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.
December 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. - Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) During a Democratic Ways & Means hearing on the Republican tax plan yesterday, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, Jason Furman, praised the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 1902). The Social Security 2100 Act, authored by Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson, was introduced earlier this year and currently has 163 cosponsors.

December 5, 2017 Press Release
Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT) and Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 (H.R. 4547), bipartisan legislation to improve and strengthen the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) representative payee program.
November 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) denounced the Republican tax plan that was unveiled last week and is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee this week.

November 3, 2017 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), the Ranking Member of the Social Security Subcommittee on the Ways and Means Committee made the following statement on the impact the proposed Republican tax plan will have on hard-working Connecticut families, and their intention to cut Medicare and Social Security to pay for it.
October 13, 2017 Press Release
Today, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that there will be a much-needed two percent increase in the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits beginning in January 2018.
October 3, 2017 Press Release
In response to the recently revealed Equifax data breach, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (CT-01) and Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) held a bipartisan Member roundtable with senior Social Security Administration (SSA) officials. The roundtable focused on the agency’s cybersecurity response to the Equifax breach, anticipated risks as a result of the breach, and what the SSA is doing to mitigate those risks for both the agency and the public.
September 6, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) received the 2017 Financial Security & Life Insurance Caucuses’ Freedom & Dignity Award from the American Council of Life Insurers, alongside Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
September 6, 2017 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits
August 15, 2017 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the anniversary of Social Security.