Can House's Obamacare replacement survive a divided GOP?

Christian Science Monitor | by Francine Kiefer

The GOP's new health-care bill replaces mandates with tax credits, which would be paid even to families that don't owe taxes. But eventual reductions in Medicaid spending will leave fewer poor people covered.

MARCH 7, 2017  WASHINGTON—After seven years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are finally at the point of reckoning – unveiling a replacement plan on Monday that upends Obamacare, but will also greatly test President Trump’s ability to unify Republicans behind it.

The plan, put forward by House Republicans, generally follows GOP principles. It effectively repeals much-maligned individual and employer insurance mandates, which Republicans see as interference in personal health-care choices and markets. Instead, it provides tax credits for individuals to purchase their own policies.

It also overhauls Medicaid – federally supported health care for the poor – which many Republicans see as too costly as the federal debt approaches $20 trillion.

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