Two Years Of The Trump Administration: A N.H. Perspective

Jan 29, 2019

Inauguration of President Trump
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Two years into The Trump Administration, what's been the impact here in New Hampshire?  We examine the local effects of the President's policies on health care, tax reform, the environment, and immigration.  We find out what changed in the Granite State as a result, including the impact on New Hampshire politics.

 

GUESTS:

  • Robert Garrova - General reporter for NHPR, with a focus on demographics. 
  • Lucy Hodder -  Professor of Law at UNH School of Law and the director of health law and policy programs for the College of Health and Human Services, Institute for Health Policy and Practice. 
  • Jeff Feingold - Editor of the N.H. Business Review
  • Kevin Landrigan - Senior reporter for The N.H. Union Leader
  • Annie Ropeik -  NHPR's environment and energy reporter. 

Related Reading

Here is how the Trump Administration views the first two years of the Trump presidency. 

Some of what we'll be covering:

Politics

The N.H. GOP picks Trump loyalist as new chairman. 

An effort to dispense with N.H. tradition of remaining neutral in the primary -- instead requiring GOP officers to back the reelection of President Trump in the primary -- fails, after facing criticism from some leading Republicans, including Governor Sununu. 

Secretary of State Bill Gardner faced an unprecedented challenge in the race for Sec. of State, attributed by some to backlash over his participation in President Trump's controversial voter fraud commission. But Gardner held onto his position -- winning a 22nd term, after a nail-biter of a vote. 

New Hampshire's delegation found rare common ground with President Trump over the drug crisis, agreeing on the STOP Act, a bipartisan bill designed to stop deadly synthetic drugs such as fentanyl from getting into the U.S. 

Health care

Gallup explores various reasons why the uninsured rate has risen to a four-year high -- among them, reduction of funding for ACA navigators who help consumers enroll in the ACA and a climate of uncertainty, given the Trump Administration's vow to end Obamacare -- an effort boosted in December after a Texas judge found the ACA unconstitutional.  The law will remain in effect while the ruling is appealed. 

N.H. saw a slump in ACA enrollments, attributed in part to less federal money for advertising of health insurance marketplaces. 

President Trump promised to work on lowering prescription drug prices and in October released a proposal to lower Medicare drug prices.