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Democratic Obligations

William Saletan urges Democrats to ignore the health-care polls: “Democracy isn’t about doing what might sell in the next election. It’s about doing what you promised in the last one.” Okay. Every Democrat who ran in the last election as anti-abortion should vote against the bill, and everyone who ran on a platform of tax hikes for health benefits, Medicare cuts, and an individual mandate should vote for it. Deal?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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