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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

October 18, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy in a letter to Commissioner Carolyn Colvin of the Social Security Administration in opposition to the closing of the Bristol Social Security Office. The Members released the following in a joint statement:

September 19, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on efforts by House Republican leadership to disrupt the Affordable Care Act. To date, the Republican controlled House has attempted to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, threatening care and services for millions of Americans.

March 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the Republican Budget in the U.S. House of Representatives:

February 7, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut House Delegation today applauded the appointment of Judith Stein, founder and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Willimantic, to the Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission. Created earlier this year as part of the American Tax Relief Act, the commission is responsible for developing a plan to establish, implement, and finance a comprehensive set of long-term care services for seniors and people with disabilities. Last month, Reps.

January 11, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Hartford HealthCare, St. Francis HealthCare Partners and ProHealth Physicians have established Accountable Care Organizations that have been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Created under the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Shared Savings Program aims to improve the quality of care that patients receive, and lower health care costs through increased coordination of care by providers.

August 24, 2004 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2004

IN RESPONSE TO FATAL FIRES, LARSON INTRODUCES BILL TO REQUIRE SPRINKLERS IN U.S. NURSING HOMES

June 28, 2002 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2002

LARSON STATEMENT ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG VOTE

September 20, 2001 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2001

LARSON COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
Tax Rate Change Proposed to Meet Expenses Needed in Response to Sept. 11 Attack

October 11, 2000 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2000

July 24, 2000 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2000

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