A presidential phone call helped to win at least one vote: Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., a freshman from a suburban and rural district - and former Illinois State Senate colleague of Obama's - who said in an interview Thursday evening that after months of indecision, she now "feels great" about the bill.
"I think it's something that I'm going to support," Halvorson said. "It's taken me a long time. It's a thousand-page bill. It has a lot of amendments. I wanted to read it, take my time." Later, she added: "I had a nice chat with the president this morning."