By Hope Ditto. Hopefully it is no secret to our blog readership that above all, the editorial team here strives to be Disruptive – in more than one sense of the word. As a news outlet in this century’s ever-changing media landscape, the niche we pride ourselves on filling is just that – disruptive, at least in the sense that we will have the conversations no one else is having, raise the questions no one else is asking and explore the angle no one else is pursuing. We don’t shy away from controversy, nor do we balk at intimacy – as long as topics are well-researched, provide substantiated arguments and at least acknowledge there is an opposing viewpoint, there are almost no topics we consider off-limits.

There is, however, one area we don’t touch (in fact, we avoid it at all costs): partisan support for a candidate. While certainly all of our individual bloggers have opinions and perspectives, points of view and inherent biases, we will never run posts that are blatantly promoting one candidate for elected office over another.

I say this as a caveat to this post, the purpose of which is to announce a new series we’ll be running this year on the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog in which we explore the presidential candidates’ positions on health care and health policy, where they stand on particular aspect or aspects, what they envision to be an ideal health care system for this country and what role they envision the federal government playing in it.

This series is about more than just the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicare and Medicaid; it is about delving into each candidate’s philosophies, beliefs and stances towards health care and health policy, and trying to determine what specific policies and reforms each might undertake.

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The editorial team and I are very excited to be launching this series, as we feel it will provide us the opportunity to address important issues during a significant year from a much different perspective and in much greater detail than the mainstream media is likely to discuss.

You can expect to see a lot of substantive political and policy analysis being put forth via the series in the coming weeks and months, but like I said earlier — one thing you definitely won’t see is bias towards one particular candidate (though our posts will certainly contain links to articles from other outlets that may or may not be biased, because we feel it is important to provide a survey of what others are saying on the topic). Help us make the series even better by letting us know what topics or specific policy areas you would like to see explored – we’ll do our best to incorporate your feedback into upcoming installments.

We’ll be back with our first full installment of the series in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we’ve rounded up some related articles we think are worth reading:

  • CNN takes a look at claims of Medicare fraud being made against Mitt Romney by a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC
  • NPR explores “Romney’s unlikely and persuasive defense of the ‘Individual Mandate’”
  • WaPo discusses Rick Santorum’s position on abortion in the context of his personal experiences

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