The Trump administration and Congress failed to repeal Obamacare. What is coming next? Cuts to Social Security and Medicare? Slashing Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs for the poor? Expanding child care and other policies aimed at working families? Four experts with diverse views discuss what is likely to happen in the next four years, provide insights into the reforms that they would like to see, and explain why these programs matter. Who will gain and who will be harmed? Will social spending cuts be paired with tax cuts for the rich? How will the people of New York City be affected? What is really at stake?


  • Felicia Wong, president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.
  • Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Sheldon Danziger, president of the Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Janet Gornick, Graduate Center professor of political science and sociology and director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality.
  • Michael R. Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.



Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented on April 3, 2017, by GC Public Programs, the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, and the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more events at The Graduate Center, go to