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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

Learn More About the Social Security 2100 Act

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

May 23, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John B. Larson (CT-01), released the following statement on the Social Security cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Social Security represents a sacred compact between the federal government and the hard-working men and women who pay into this important insurance program. I was proud to join with Chairman Johnson in introducing the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act to require the Social Security Administration to remove beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers from mailed notices.
May 2, 2017 Press Release

Representatives John Larson (CT-01), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Doris Matsui (CA-06) led over 100 of their colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to protect Social Security by rejecting any proposal that would cut or eliminate premiums in the form of payroll contributions, thus weakening dedicated funding to the Social Security Trust Funds.

"Throughout your campaign for president you promised the American people that you would not cut Social Security," the letter reads. "We strongly urge you to keep that promise."

April 26, 2017 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Stopping Disability Fraud
April 5, 2017 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, introduced the ‘Social Security 2100 Act’, HR 1902.
January 13, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted against S.Con.Res. 3, the first step by the GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
January 11, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) was named the ranking member on the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee. Larson released the following statement upon the announcement
December 14, 2016 Press Release

Washington – In the wake of Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03)’s Social Security Reform Act of 2016—which would drastically cut benefits for the middle class and raise the retirement age—Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) committed to reintroducing the Social Security 2100 Act. Larson’s plan would cut taxes for seniors, increase benefits, and prevent Americans from retiring into poverty.

September 21, 2016 Page
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