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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

February 12, 2020 In The News

President Donald Trump has publicly vowed to protect Social Security.

Yet advocates for the program fear that his just released budget proposal would hit individuals hard when it comes to disability benefits, as it includes cuts to the tune of $71 billion, according to one congressional estimate.

“This budget is a non-starter,” said Congressman John Larson, D-Conn., who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee.

February 10, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget which includes a $71 billion in cuts to Social Security.
February 10, 2020 In The News

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson criticized President Donald Trump’s budget for proposing cuts in Social Security of $71 billion.

February 4, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
January 31, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01), and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) led a letter to the Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to cut Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits.
January 24, 2020 In The News

As President Trump mingled with political and economic elites this week in Davos, Switzerland, he was asked whether cuts to Social Security would ever be on his agenda.

January 22, 2020 Press Release
Today, the Expand Social Security Caucus Co-Chairs, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Terri Sewell (AL-07), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), reacted to President Trump’s comments that cutting “entitlement programs” was on the table.
January 17, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and patient advocate Peter Morley released a video highlighting how harmful the Trump Administration’s proposed Social Security disability rule would be.
January 9, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Union Veterans Council (AFL-CIO), and VoteVets released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s proposed Social Security disability rule which would increase the frequency of continuing disability reviews (CDR).
December 18, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee applauded the House passage of H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 which included a $100 million increase for the Social Security Administration to strengthen front-line service delivery for the American public.