Surprise surprise, more Republican hypocrisy:
Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna. Two sales agents for the company said that the RNC’s policy covers elective abortion.
Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
“The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said.
According to several Cigna employees, the insurer offers its customers the opportunity to opt out of abortion coverage — and the RNC did not choose to opt out.
There is no way this is just an oversight–the RNC’s health plan has been unchanged for 18 years, and at any point during that time they simply could have opted-out of abortion coverage.
Remember, every single Republican in the House save one* voted for the radically anti-choice Stupak amendment. Not only would Stupak prevent the public option from covering abortion, it could end up making it impossible for some women to buy health insurance–with their own money, from a private company–that covers abortion.
And yet, if you work for the Republican National Committee, your health insurance covers elective abortion. Now, there’s nothing wrong with insurance covering abortion–it’s a legal, constitutionally-protected medical procedure in this country–but considering that the Republican platform calls abortion ‘a fundamental assault on innocent human life,’ this is a textbook cast of craven political hypocrisy.
And I can’t imagine that the RNC’s donors are happy with the fact that their money has been used to pay for abortion coverage.
Maybe they should change the Republican platform to read “abortions for me but not for thee.”
*Arizona’s John Shadegg voted ‘Present’ on Stupak in the hope that, if Stupak failed, so would health care reform. Shadegg is strongly anti-choice.
UPDATE: After 18 years of offering health insurance that covers abortion, the RNC announced this morning that it will now opt out of that coverage.