The Fragile Social Safety Net

APR 03, 2017 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


C200: Proshansky Auditorium


April 03, 2017: 6:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


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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, hosts a panel of leading thinkers and analysts, including:

Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; former program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Sheldon Danziger, president of the Russell Sage Foundation, former professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

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, who has written for the New York Times, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and other outlets.

Presented with the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality and the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).