Turns out the GOP is a bunch of hypocrites. Go figure. They oppose abortion coverage in any national healthcare bill, yet cover it themselves. Lame. Sooooo lame.
Woops! :\New Wrinkle: RNC Insurance Plan Covers Abortion
November 12, 2009 6:52 PM
There is a new wrinkle in the abortion debate: the Republican National Committee confirms that its insurance plan covers elective abortion a procedure condemned in the partys platform as an assault on innocent human life.
The RNCs policy, which was first reported Thursday evening by Politico, was put in place in 1991.
The RNC tells ABC News that the party is planning to review the abortion coverage contained in its Cigna policy but has not yet decided what to do about it.
The RNCs abortion coverage is in the news because 176 House Republicans joined 64 Democrats on Saturday night in voting for an amendment by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., which prohibits federal funds from being used to buy health insurance plans that cover elective abortion.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele heralded passage of the Stupak amendment over the weekend while simultaneously telling voters not to get too excited about it because he was confident that liberal Democrats would strip the tight restrictions from any health-care bill which ultimately reaches President Obamas desk.
In a Monday interview with ABCs Jake Tapper, President Obama suggested that he was not comfortable with the tight abortion restrictions inserted into the House version of health-care legislation, saying that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where were not changing the status quo on abortion.
He simultaneously suggested that he wants to preserve the existing policy of not using federal funds to pay for abortions directly.
Cigna offers its customers the opportunity to opt out of abortion coverage but the RNC chose not to opt out.
Ken McKay, the chief of staff of the Republican National Committee, prepared a memo Thursday evening to all 168 members of the RNC informing them that party chairman Michael Steele has called for an immediate review of the elective abortion coverage contained in the RNC's health insurance policy by the RNC's 27-member executive committee.
"I can assure you that the Chairman takes this issue very seriously," writes McKay.