With polls showing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a dead heatfor president, it will be interesting to see how Clinton and herallies frame the election during the Democratic National Conventionthis week in an attempt to regain her advantage over herunconventional opponent.

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Clinton faces a tough choice in her attempts to gain support.Her attempts to convince supporters of Bernie Sanders that she isserious about the progressive policy positions she took during theprimary will likely coincide with her attempts to win overindependents and Republicans who are disenchanted with Trump.

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In particular, how closely will Clinton stick to the promisesshe made on health care in recent months?

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Over the course of the past year, Clinton’s health care agendahas gradually evolved from a vague commitment to expand theAffordable Care Act to anambitious plan to establish a government-run “public option”insurance program, put a monthly limit on out-of-pocket costs forprescription drugs and allow those over age 55 to opt into Medicareearly.

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As was the case with Clinton’s moves to the left on student debtand the minimum wage, Clinton’s evolution on health care wasclearly shaped by the competition with Sanders, whose success in anumber of primaries caught the former first lady’s campaign offguard.

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Whether those same promises will feature prominently in speechesfrom Clinton and her surrogates, including President Obama andformer President Bill Clinton, will be telling.

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Clinton's choice for vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine,who is perceived as a moderate, particularly on economic issues,appears to be a step back towards the middle, including his viewson health care issues. Although the senator from Virginia has beenan avowed supporter of the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare,he has expressed an appetite for spending reductions that wouldlikely come at the expense of such programs.

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Kaine, a devout Catholic, has said that he is personally opposedto abortion, he has said he respects the legal right to have anabortion and has almost always voted against proposedrestrictions.

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Indeed, if there is one health policy on which Democrats areincreasingly united, it is reproductive rights. You can bet thatDNC speakers, including perhaps Clinton herself, will highlightTrump’s endorsement earlier this year of criminal penalties forwomen who receive abortions.

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