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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

August 25, 2016 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) helped raise a flag over the A.J. DeLorenzo Towers.
June 2, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed the need to strengthen Social Security and enhance benefits. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement.
March 22, 2016 Press Release
​Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) served as the ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Social Security and Public Servants, where he reviewed testimony regarding the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act (H.R. 711). This bill would adjust the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which currently affects over 1.5 million people who see their Social Security benefits cut because they have worked in both the public and private sectors.
February 12, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) endorsed his legislation to expand and strengthen Social Security. The Social Security 2100 Act would increase benefits for all current and future beneficiaries, institute an improved cost-of-living adjustment, cut taxes for millions of beneficiaries, and ensure Social Security remains solvent through the end of the century.

February 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington – At today’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke with Secretary Jack Lew of the U.S. Department of the Treasury about the need for Congress to take swift action to strengthen Social Security. Larson previously introduced the Social Security 2100 Act to cut taxes, increase benefits, safeguard against inflation, and ensure Social Security remains solvent through the end of the century.

January 26, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s proposals to expand access to workplace retirement accounts and empower working Americans to keep track of their savings:

November 12, 2015 Press Release

GARFIELD, NJ – Today, U.S. Rep John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) for a lunch meeting with 200 constituents at the Garfield Senior Center to discuss retirement security and their plan to expand and strengthen Social Security. The two members serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Social Security and they were touting H.R. 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act, introduced by Rep.

October 15, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today the Social Security Administration announced there will be no cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2016. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

August 14, 2015 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) reflects on the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
August 10, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) marked the upcoming 80th anniversary of Social Security, which was signed into law on August 14, 1935 by President Roosevelt. Larson joined local advocates and constituents in Hartford to celebrate the current and future success of this vital program.