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GOP Ends Employee Abortion Coverage

From an elated Associated Press:

GOP chairman ends abortion insurance for employees


WASHINGTON — A chagrined GOP Chairman Michael Steele has told Republican National Committee staff to immediately stop providing RNC employees with insurance for elective abortions — an option that Republicans strongly oppose as Democrats try to pass a health care overhaul bill.

"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.

A memo earlier from RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay to the organization’s members said Steele was taking the matter very seriously and "has been engaged by phone on this issue."

The GOP platform traditionally includes strong anti-abortion language. All House Republicans, except one, voted for an amendment imposing restrictions of coverage for abortions in the health care bill that passed the House last Saturday. Inclusion of the abortion restrictions prompted an angry backlash from liberal House Democrats, and some are now threatening to vote against a final bill if the curbs stay in.

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.

"Upon learning of this story, at the chairman’s direction, we immediately contacted the Executive Committee," the RNC memo said. "We will be scheduling a call with the Executive Committee in the immediate future to discuss this matter more fully."

The memo said the RNC health insurance policy has been in review for some time.

"Chairman Steele had already called for an official review of our health insurance policy along with a number of other operational items," the memo said.

This is pretty amazingly hypocritical, even for a political party.

But what is still more interesting is that we see that kind of spade work the Politico, the Associated Press and the rest of our media watchdogs are capable of doing.

When it involves getting the goods on those evil Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “GOP Ends Employee Abortion Coverage”

  1. Minutia.

    I don’t even know what MY POLICY covers..

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I so rarely disagree with our considerate and esteemed host, Mr. Gilbert but … commenting on the last line of his commentary to this article …

    Sir, the Republican Party IS evil. Those operating it as a minor mafioso familia are despicably vile. Neither Democratic Party icons John Kennedy nor Hubert Humphrey would be able to tolerate them for the middle of the road wet noodle socialists they have degenerated into. Both Humphrey and Kennedy would denounce the modern Republican Party as the worst sort of political mush that can actually derail our nation and lead it into ruin.

    There is only One Party, the Party of Power. Like the NFL, it fields two divisions .. the Democrats and the Republicans, but they both report to the Party of Power. Hegelian Dialectc – thesis and antithesis. Push/Pull while meantime, the godfathers of this mafia go about as they please living off us as a vampire lives off its victims.

  3. Chuckk says:

    Abortion is here and will remain legal forever. Anti-abortion people should direct their energies to other causes that might be winable.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Chuckk, I agree with you. I am not a “fan” of casual “oopsie daisy” abortion but I honestly believe that God will sort it out for each of us someday. We need to concentrate on problems we have now that affect people on earth now. That one thing is probably the one problem I have with our party. I can respect people who feel passionate about it, but for me there are other issues facing us—a socialist president, the overwhelming tolerance and political correctness that allowed the Ft. Hood terrorist attack to happen. Let’s go win some winnable problems, solve some solvable problems. Honestly, God will sort it out.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Shouldn’t every elective procedure be covered by personal finances?

    That is the rational way to approach abortion, face and belly lifts, and viagra.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Can you say, “Hippo-Crits?”

    Sorry but ………….. “Abortion is not birth control.”

  6. canary says:

    The idea is to not end up like China where women are ordered to abort babies at taxpayer’s expense. The asian’s stupid culture that honor’s boy babies is leading to the murder of baby girls til they get the honored boy.

    I didn’t even know there was election abortion insurance and would rather see the Republicans leaders who don’t need donations and tax-payers money go to something else.

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