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Protecting Our Seniors

Ensuring Social Security and Medicare for Future Generations

Social Security and Medicare are two of our most important social programs, having helped keep millions of seniors and the disabled out of poverty. House Democrats fought long and hard to pass the original Medicare program, and we must continue to honor Medicare's guarantee that our seniors' health needs will be taken care of during their golden years.

Before Medicare, in 1964 just 51 percent of Americans over 65 had health care coverage. Today thanks to Medicare, coverage is practically universal. Currently Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to 47 million Americans, including 39 million seniors and 8 million people under 65 with disabilities. Such universal coverage has shielded seniors from the often debilitating costs of healthcare, drastically reducing the number of our seniors living in poverty. Nearly 30 percent of seniors lived below the poverty line in 1964, and today that number has dropped to 7.5 percent.

As you know, Republicans want to privatize and block grant Medicare. This would end Medicare as we know it. According to them, Medicare would be replaced by what Republicans call “premium support.” Vouchers would be given to seniors to reduce the price of buying private insurance. However, if they cannot afford insurance even with the vouchers, they would be left uninsured with no additional assistance from the government. This plan would be a disaster for our nation’s seniors. It give insurance companies the power to decide who they wish to cover, leaving many seniors unable to purchase insurance because their preexisting health conditions are too costly.

Under Republican's plan, millions of seniors who have paid into Medicare their entire lives will left out in the cold. I refuse to stand idly by as Republicans attempt to rob America's seniors from getting the quality health care they deserve. I want my children and grandchildren to have the same health security the generations before them had. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to protect Medicare and Social Security and keep the promise our country has made to its citizens.

More on Protecting Our Seniors

November 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to passthe Build Back Better Act, legislation that is fully paid for by making big corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share. This vote comes days after President Biden signed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. Together, the Build Back Better Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will meet the urgent needs of Ohio families by creating jobs, cutting taxes, and delivering transformative investments that we need to compete with China. 

October 26, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (SC-06), and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01) to introduce the Social Security 2100 Act: A Sacred Trust, a bill that would increase Social Security’s vital benefits and make the system financially strong for generations to come. 
August 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Bill Posey (R-FL) today introduced their bipartisan legislation, the Safe Medicine Actto end our reliance on foreign powers for important lifesaving pharmaceuticals and generics. This bill is designed to protect the tens of millions of American patients who rely on these drugs from being subject to contaminated pharmaceuticals from countries like China who do not have our best interests in mind – a problem that has only escalated in the last two decades.  

May 13, 2021 In The News

Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged President Biden and House Speaker Pelosi to transition the United States Postal Service's delivery vehicle fleet to entirely electric vehicles.

In a letter to each official, Rep. Ryan joined with 53 other lawmakers encouraging the top Democrats to support funding in the upcoming infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, to enable the Postal Service to purchase an all-electric delivery fleet and the needed infrastructure to support that fleet.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) co-sponsored legislation that would allow Americans to buy into Medicare early, between the ages of 50 to 64, an important step in expanding access to high quality and affordable health insurance.

May 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today received a 100% voting rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans and joined the Biden Administration in announcing the release of $1.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act for Older Americans programs – including programs to support vaccine outreach and coordination, address social isolation, provide family caregiver support, and offer nutrition support. 

April 7, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio  Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces many Social Security recipients and others who have not yet received their Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 from the American Rescue Plan should expect to see electronic payments hit their bank accounts or be loaded onto their Direct Express Cards beginning today. 

“Help is here. I’m proud that Ohio seniors are receiving the money that is rightfully theirs,” said Rep. Ryan.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in support of the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes $5.68 Billion for the State of Ohio and nearly $300 million for counties in the 13th District. The bill also provides direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December – which will be sent to 5.3 million Ohioans. Additionally, it fixes the previous dependent issues so college students, adults with disabilities, and any other adult dependent will now be able to receive a check. 

January 29, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today urged President Biden to fire the entire United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors and nominate new leadership to begin to rebuild a strong and efficient postal service. In a letter to the President, Ryan highlighted how operational changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continue to negatively impact the quality and timeliness of mail service nationally.

December 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives Attending Physician Dr. Brian P. Monahan, and CDC Chair Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Dr. Jose Romero calling on them to ensure first responders, frontline workers, healthcare workers, those with preexisting conditions, and the elderly are offered the COVID-19 vaccine before Members of Congress.