January 27, 2017 / Modified jan 28, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Episode 300: One Week In, Trump Sets Sights on Health Care and the Border

A look at impacts on Southern Arizona of the president's first actions.

Health care and border enforcement were at the fore in Donald Trump’s first week in the presidency.

The president’s plan to improve border security involved an order to build a physical wall on the southern border, increase the number of Border Patrol agents and triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The plan was met with resistance on the border. It also sparked a confrontation on Twitter between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Translation: “This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with @POTUS.”

On Arizona Week, we take a closer look at the realities on the international line, and what Trump’s recent executive order means for law enforcement and cross-border relationships on a local level.

Also on the program, Arizona is one of 31 states that expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. We ask how the state will respond to changes following Trump’s announced plans to “ease the burdens” on individuals and the health care industry.

Before the Affordable Care Act, 1.2 million Arizonans were without insurance. Today, it’s about 770,000. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31.

Join us for our 300th episode of Arizona Week!

On the program:

  • Nogales, Arizona, Mayor John Doyle
  • Christine Corieri, senior policy adviser to Gov. Doug Ducey
  • Julia Strange, Tucson Medical Center VP of community benefit
  • Dan Derksen, University of Arizona Center for Rural Health
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