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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

July 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT) and Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) led every Member of their Subcommittee in a letter to Social Security Administration (SSA) Acting Commissioner Nancy Berryhill stating SSA should not proceed with plans to reinstate the reconsideration level of appeal in ten states, until a Senate-confirmed Commissioner is sworn in.
July 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, two bipartisan bills led by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) that focus on common-sense solutions were passed by unanimously by voice vote. These are the eighth and ninth Larson-led bills that have passed in the House this year. The two bills are the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act (H.R. 6084) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Transparency Act (H.R. 6138).

July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. John Larson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Social Security, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that allows the President to appoint federal Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) on the basis of ideology and political orientation, rather than through a competitive examination process based on merit, neutrality, and fitness for office.

June 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) introduced the Social Security Administration Fairness Act (H.R. 6251/3147) to give the Social Security Administration the funds necessary to restore timely service to beneficiaries. In addition to Larson and Sanders, they were joined by over 20 of their House colleagues and 6 Senators.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) and Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Donald Beyer (D-VA), and Gwen Moore (D-WI) along with over one hundred of their colleagues called on President Trump to stop closing Social Security field offices across the country. In the last year alone, the Social Security Administration (SSA) shuttered offices in Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Illinois.

June 20, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Commit to Opioid Medical Prescriber Accountability and Safety for Seniors (COMPASS) Act (H.R. 5716) passed in the House of Representatives yesterday.
June 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Social Security and Representative Mike Bishop (MI-08), the newest member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, introduced H.R. 6084, the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act.

June 7, 2018 Press Release
Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security’s Solvency Challenge
June 5, 2018 Press Release
John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, released the following statement on the 2018 Social Security Trustees Report.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on the Future of the Social Security Number