Posted by: Jeff | November 13, 2009

Reckoning With Stupak: An Amusing Aside

All but one of the House Republicans voted for the Stupak Amendment, banning abortion coverage from any insurance exchange which would be created under health care reform.

Well, according to the Associated Press, it turns out the insurance plan for employees of the Republican National Committee covers abortions.

The memo said the RNC received a phone call from a reporter on Wednesday asking whether the RNC’s health care policy, through Cigna, covered elective abortions for employees. On Thursday, Politico.com published a report citing two sales agents for Cigna who said the RNC’s policy covered elective abortion.

The Cigna employees said the RNC didn’t choose to opt out of abortion coverage when given the opportunity, Politico.com reported.

Oh dear, that must be embarrassing. I mean, I’m not a big fan of hypocrisy-mongering, but this is pretty shameless. I guess when no one’s looking even Republicans think insurance coverage for abortions is pretty reasonable.

“Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose,” Steele said in a statement late Thursday after learning of the abortion coverage from a news report. “I don’t know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled.”

Steele instructed staff to inform the insurance carrier that the RNC wanted to opt out of elective abortion coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said. She said the policy has been in effect since 1991.

I’m sure he did.

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