Transcript for Negotiations for health care bill down to the wire
Republicans are facing a health care plan that is now on life support. The house is set to vote tomorrow, and they don't yet have the votes. Here's the math. There are 430 current members of the house of representatives. They need 216 votes to pass, and by our count, they are seven votes short. They are trying to convince lawmakers to get on board. ABC's Mary Bruce on capitol hill tonight. Reporter: On capitol hill, a frantic day of closed-door negotiations. And tonight, with just hours until that crucial health care vote, some Republicans are slamming the brakes. It's not going to pass as it stands right now unless they make major changes to it. Reporter: Today the president and vice president both met with holdout,s, but their personal pitches are falling on deaf ears. Nothing. Nothing has changed. Reporter: Emerging from a last minute meeting, the head of the conservative freedom caucus says they are standing firm. The opposition is still strong. They don't have the votes to do this tomorrow. We believe that they need to start over and do a bill that actually reduces premiums. Reporter: By our count at least 28 Republicans are still a no. More than enough votes to kill the bill in the house. Should the house delay the vote? They're going to have to. They don't have the votes. Reporter: Opponents are demanding further changes. The original version of the bill would leave 24 million fewer Americans insured over the next decade. And some older Americans could find themselves spending thousands of dollars more a year in premiums. The white house is negotiating but insists this is their best shot to overhaul Obamacare. There is plan "A," and plan "A." We're if I can get this done. Reporter: But the white house is well aware the resistance may be too much. Mr. President, if the house repeal bill fails, will you keep trying? We'll see what happens. Reporter: Tonight, some Republicans are coming around. Congressman Lou barletta is now a "Yes" after negotiating a swap the president promising to support one of the congressman's legislative priorities in exchange for a vote on health care. I knew if I held out long enough, you know, eventually -- Reporter: You would get what you want. They'd send in the big guy to close the deal. Mary Bruce joins us live from capitol hill. We heard SHAWN spicer say there is only plan "A." Republican leaders say they will go I a head with this vote tomorrow, but tonight, there is a real fear about whether they have enough votes. Reporter: Tom, the white house and Republicans tonight are scrambling to negotiate, hoping to push this across the finish line, and despite the impacts, I'm told tomorrow's vote is still a go.
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