GOP senators are in deep trouble.
The health care fight is more than a few of the Senate’s more moderate members.
But with a number of Republicans threatening to oppose any bill that does not include a “skinny repeal” that would let insurers charge more for their products, and with Democrats threatening to block the measure in its entirety, it could be a very long day.
Here are the biggest challenges for GOP leaders and senators, and what they need to do to survive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) needs to get 50 senators to back his bill.
If he does not, the Senate will be forced to end its filibuster.
The filibuster allows a filibuster-proof majority of senators to force a vote on legislation.
In the Senate, that means a simple majority of 60 votes to end a filibuster.
That’s not going to happen, however, if the GOP does not get 50 votes to pass the bill.
But McConnell needs at least 50 Republicans to support his bill, which could come down to just three senators.
The only Republican senators who might be able to get to 60 are John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), and Vice President Mike Pence has been asked to help.
GOP leaders need to get a Democratic vote on the bill’s repeal and replace.
The Democrats have already threatened to oppose the bill, but that does nothing to stop the GOP from repealing it.
The Senate would need 60 votes, however.
If that happens, Republicans could get the necessary 50 senators in order to pass their repeal-and-replace bill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) needs a few more Democrats to back it.
Schumer is a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, and he has a history of working with the White House.
But it is unlikely that Schumer will be able, in the coming days, to get any Democratic support.
The Republican Party needs to make the bill less expensive.
Democrats have been demanding that Republicans cut the price of their bill, arguing that it is more expensive than Obamacare.
Trump has consistently said that the GOP’s repeal-only plan is more costly than Obamacare, and many of his Republican allies in Congress are now pushing back.
If Republicans want to make their repeal plan less expensive, they need a more realistic estimate of how much it would cost.
For instance, one of the most popular features of the Affordable Care Act is that it allowed insurers to charge a lower deductible than they did before, which made it more affordable for millions of Americans.
But Republicans could cut the cost of the Republican plan by a couple of hundred million dollars.
If the Senate passes its own repeal-first bill, it can send the bill back to the House and force a House vote on it.
Republicans could pass a bill that would repeal Obamacare without any amendments and send it to the Senate for a vote.
That would allow Senate Republicans to pass a repeal-based bill with just the House’s approval and force the House to take a vote for it.
If there is enough Democratic support in the House, then they could even pass a version that passed the House with just a few votes.
That way, House Republicans would have a vote to pass it, and Democrats would have no choice but to approve it. 6.
Republicans can afford to lose just one Republican vote.
The latest analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggests that Republicans will need to lose only one Republican to vote against the GOP plan.
That could happen if Sens.
Lindsey Graham (R, S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R