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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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October 30, 2019 Page
Compare plans using Medicare's redesigned Plan Finder
October 11, 2019 Event
Rep. Larson is hosting a Senior Resource Fair in East Hartford!
October 10, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that there will be a 1.6 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits received beginning in January 2020
October 4, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ranking Member Tom Reed (NY-23) issued a joint statement on the release of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
September 26, 2019 Press Release
Today, the Expand Social Security Caucus Co-Chairs sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urging a vote on the Social Security 2100 Act, in the House of Representatives before the Thanksgiving recess.
September 20, 2019 In The News

I’m one of the youngest Millennials, born in 1995. Every day, I work to organize young people to take back our government by electing leaders who will fight for our future instead of for corporate donors. That includes fighting to expand, never cut, Social Security’s modest benefits.

Wall Street and its allies have spent decades attempting to convince my generation that Social Security won’t be there for us—but that’s not true. In fact, Millennials and Gen Zs will rely on our Social Security system even more than our parents and grandparents do.

September 18, 2019 Press Release
Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the updated report from the Office of the Social Security Chief Actuary on the Social Security 2100 Act.
September 12, 2019 In The News

It is going to be a busy fall for legislators and regulators dealing with retirement policy.

Congress is to consider separate bills that reform the finances of both Social Security and struggling pension plans. Another bill that expands retirement saving options also will be on the legislative docket. Meanwhile, several states and professional groups will be working to toughen ethical standards for financial advisers.

Here’s a roundup of the central issues likely to make headlines during what remains of 2019.

September 5, 2019 Event
Rep. Larson is hosting a Senior Fair in Wethersfield
August 17, 2019 In The News

When Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., travels the country to talk about his plan for Social Security reform, he often holds up a Starbucks coffee cup.

The cost of that latte — about $4.50 — could also cover nine weeks of Social Security payments if you’re making $50,000 per year, Larson said he points out to seniors on those visits.