Monday, November 16, 2009

Republican National Committee Included Abortion Coverage In Health Plan

Politico recently reported an inconvenient fact about the Republican National Committee's health care coverage for its employees: the policy, purchased from Cigna, included abortion. Now they're altering the plan, according to Michael Steele, RNC chair (left):

"Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose," Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "I don't know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled."

...As of Thursday, the RNC’s plan covers elective abortion – a procedure the party’s own platform calls “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.”

Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO earlier Thursday 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.

Of course, the Republicans' opposition to abortion was, to use the language of the insurance companies that they shill for, a "pre-existing condition." That is, it pre-dated the tenure of Mr. Steele. In addition, 1991 was 18 years ago. They've had plenty of time to align party platform and practice. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards provided a better explanation of why the RNC included abortion services in the plan:

“It’s an employer that wants to provide standard health benefits for its employees,” she said. “That’s why the Stupak amendment goes too far in taking away benefits that women have today, and that’s why women won’t allow the Stupak amendment to become law.”

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