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Yesterday, it was clear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had built real momentum for passing health care reform this Sunday--but she was also dealing with a tricky landscape. She hadn't converted enough health care skeptics in her caucus to make up for the fact that several anti-abortion members are threatening to bolt over the Senate bill's abortion language, she was facing revolt from two separate members who were expected to vote for the final package, and the remaining holdouts were never going to be easy pickups.

Today that all changed.

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This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced in an email that President Obama " held 64 meetings or phone calls with Members of Congress on health insurance reform."

Gibbs even sent around a photo, seen at left, of Obama making one of those calls while en route to George Mason University today for what could be his last health care reform rally.

It seems the White House is already staking a claim on the credit for health care reform, a signal that the administration is pretty sure the bill will pass this weekend.

Top aides to House Democratic leaders issued a statement decrying Republicans who sent out a memo that they claimed was written by Democrats.

In an email, Speaker Nancy Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spokeswoman Stephanie Lundberg said Republicans - who earlier dismissed questions about the memo's legitimacy - will "do anything" to stop health care from passing on Sunday.

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Another one: Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL), who voted no in November, has announced that she will vote for health care reform.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Kosmas cited the CBO scores as part of her reason for switching. She also said the final legislation does more for small businesses than the first House bill.

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Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), who was the only Republican to vote "yes" on the House health care reform bill last year -- but has since maintained that he'll vote "no" on the Senate bill -- said today that "right now, I'm a firm no" on the Senate version of the bill.

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In a letter sent yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told two senators that he would push for a vote on the public option in "coming months."

The letter to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) says Reid was "disappointed" the public option did not make it into the final legislation.

"As we have discussed, I will work to ensure that we are able to vote on the public option in the coming months," Reid wrote. His spokesman, Jim Manley, confirmed to TPMDC that the letter came from Reid.

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Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) will again vote against health care reform, he announced in a statement this afternoon.

"I regret that this year-long process of debating health care reform has resulted in a final product that I cannot support," he said. "The cost of inaction on health care is great, but it would be an even bigger mistake to pass a bill that could compound the problem of skyrocketing health care costs."

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