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“Where else in the open market can you buy a retirement benefit, a disability policy, a death benefit and a survivors benefit in one policy? I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job explaining Social Security as an insurance policy, which is what it is,” Rep. John Larson, D-CT said.

Partisan acrimony on Capitol Hill may be registering at all-time highs, but you wouldn’t know it hearing Rep. John Larson, D-CT, speak of Rep. Sam Johnson, R-TX, chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Social Security legislation.

Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.

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