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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Seniors and Social Security

As it stands today, Social Security will be solvent through 2037.  Those who advocate making huge cuts to Social Security to balance the budget are misguided.  Social Security is an essential social safety net, providing critical income to more 53 million retirees, workers with disabilities, spouses and their children.  Congress must not grant huge tax cuts to the wealthy and tax subsidies to large corporations, and then try to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. 

The United States faces fiscal challenges, and we must find creative ways to cut spending and increase revenues over coming decades.  But a civilized nation does not balance its budgets by abandoning seniors.  There are plenty of places to cut the deficit: the bloated defense budget, wasteful subsidies to powerful industries, and unwarranted tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, for example.  We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. 

Hank joins seniors and all Americans in opposing Medicare fraud.  Medicare fraud robs our seniors of quality health care and increases costs for all taxpayers.  Hank voted for health care reform that gives Medicare new authority to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse.  Specifically, reform provided $700 million to fight fraud, allows CMS to conduct background checks and site visits to expose fraudulent providers, and creates new penalties for submitting false data to Medicare or Medicaid.  Passing the health reform law was the first step, but cutting out the fraud will be in the implementation of the law.  Hank will vigorously monitor CMS's efforts in this area to protect America's seniors. 

Too many doctors are continuing to close their doors to Medicare patients because Medicare continues to cut reimbursements.  Hank understand how important it is to see the doctor of your choice, and that is why he voted for legislation to fix the broken formula, which cuts doctors payments and makes it harder for seniors to see their doctor.  Congress must make this issue a priority. 

The federal government has to support retraining and continuing education programs so older workers can adapt in a rapidly changing global economy.  Congress also needs to strengthen the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which was recently weakened by the Supreme Court, to protect older workers and job applicants from discrimination.
Hank’s Fair Employment Act of 2011 would also address discrimination against older workers.

What Congressman Johnson Has Done: 

  • Cosponsored H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act, which amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under PPACA, the IPAB was tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. This bill contains several bipartisan measures to improve Medicare services, including expanded access, efficiency, and the reduction of administrative requirements for licensed providers. 

More on Seniors and Social Security

January 19, 2018 Page

During a federal government shutdown, laws will still be enforced, emergencies will be responded to, and our country will maintain its defense; however, a shutdown will significantly impact our daily lives.  

I am providing this information to help you plan accordingly.  It is the best available in a fluid situation.   Please check back for updates, and remember to contact federal agencies directly regarding specific issues.

August 18, 2017 In The News

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered Meals on Wheels on Aug. 16 in Rockdale County. Rep. Johnson visited the Olivia Haydel Senior Center in Conyers and then delivered meals to seniors in the community.

March 21, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends, The month of March was busy to say the least. We accomplished great work both in D.C. and through a series of events at home in the district. In D.C., among introducing bills and speaking out against “TrumpCare,” I served as a ranking member in my first T&I subcommittee hearing on the issue of the country’s national preparedness system.

Although I have hosted five town halls to date, more work is necessary to ensure that the benefits and accomplishments of the past eight years for all Americans aren’t abolished with a stroke of the pen.

January 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law (RRCAL), which exercises jurisdiction over regulatory and competition policy, spoke out against Republicans’ H.R. 26, the REINS Act, as an example of “corporate welfare” that would establish sweeping restrictions on new environmental and public health protections. 

[Watch Rep. Johnson speak from the House floor HERE]

December 16, 2016 E-newsletters

I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year. May the gift of love, peace and happiness be yours this season.

It’s been a busy month since Thanksgiving, and I want let you know what I’ve been working on in Congress.  

November 18, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Hank Johnson held a telephone town hall from his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. He called 50,000 residents in the Fourth District to hear their thoughts on the results of the Nov. 8 General Election and to listen to what they would like to see him work on in the 115th Congress that begins Jan. 3, 2017. 

October 3, 2016 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

August 10, 2016 Press Release

Vows to Protect Social Security from Republican Efforts to Cut Benefits, and Ensure Social Security Is There for Future Generations

LITHONIA, GA – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) marked the 81st anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security program. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935.   

June 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the horrific act of hate and terror in Orlando last week, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today joined House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence.

April 16, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Johnson vows to fight for a budget that creates jobs, grows paychecks and invests in the future of the American people
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The law requires that Congress enact a budget resolution by today, April 15th.  However, the Republican Congress has not even brought the Republican budget proposal to the House Floor for a vote – reflecting apparently the belief of the Leadership that their already savage budget proposal is not radical enough to pass through a Republican majority.