Archive for Friday, November 13, 2009

RNC health insurance plan covers abortions

November 13, 2009


— The Republican National Committee’s health insurance plan covers elective abortions for its employees, an option Republicans strongly oppose in health overhaul legislation that Democrats are trying to push through Congress.

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele learned of the policy’s abortion coverage Thursday through a news report and immediately instructed staff to inform the insurance carrier that the RNC wanted to opt out of elective abortion coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said.

“Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose,” 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.”

Gitcho said the policy has been in effect since 1991.


frank mcguinness 8 years, 7 months ago

Oh barry aren't you outraged at the hipocrisy.

The RNC had declined to opt out when given the chance in the past but now that its contrary to health care reformm they are up in arms.

Just another example of the right spouting one thing and doing another.

craigers 8 years, 7 months ago

Typical politics. Happens with both sides all the time rooster. Don't try isolating the right. They are all hypocritical in their actions, it just depends on what day it is to determine if it will be the democrats or republicans.

beawolf 8 years, 7 months ago

Well, there is an upside to RNC abortion coverage... Less Republicans.

frank mcguinness 8 years, 7 months ago

As autie already suggested I wonder how many times the Abortion coverage has been used by RNC members.

I'll bet anything at least once.

rivercitymom 8 years, 7 months ago

Well, since one in five women has an abortion in her lifetime, then, yes, probably someone at the RNC has used the abortion coverage rider.


Why don't we all get up in arms over the piece of crud passed by the House last Saturday, the "Protection of Health Insurers Profits Bill of 2009"? And the fact that it overrides the Supreme Court (Roe v. Wade) and did so with the help of Catholic Bishops (did anyone elect them to the House?). This is NOT an issues of tax dollars funding abortions, it is about the fact that women won't even have an option from private insurers for a LEGAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE. Coverage that is currently offered by almost all insurance companies. Meanwhile, no threats to Viagra, Cialis or Extenze.

We all freak about how the fundamentalist Muslims are running the Middle East. Well, guess what, the fundies are calling the shots here, too. Hey, I'm not against prayer, though. Right now I'm praying the Senate will come to its senses and re-do this travesty, so we don't have to go back to having funerals for all the girls and women who die from back alley abortions.

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