While the progressive movement’s anger is rightly focused on the 64 Democrats who voted for the Stupak abortion amendment, the GOP’s solid support for that amendment was accepted as par for the course. At least, it was until someone dug up a little known embarrassing fact about the Republican National Committee.
It seems the RNC provides health insurance to its employees. That insurance includes coverage for elective abortions. This was unknown to outsiders until Politico broke the story on Thursday.
Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna, and two sales agents for the company said that the RNC’s policy covers elective abortion.
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.”
Well, golly gee. Color me surprised.
Of course, the RNC was quick to react to the embarrassing news story.
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.
Okay, Steele only recently became chairman of the RNC, so this could have happened last year. Just how long has the RNC been covering abortions?
“The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said.
Oops, again. Kind of slow on the uptake there, guys.
So the RNC, who is staunchly anti-abortion, has been offering abortion coverage for 18 years and are just now going to do something about it, yet they are complaining because President Obama is taking a reasonable amount of time before committing more troops to Afghanistan.
Can we get a great big shoutout for the RNC? Something like, “YOU HYPOCRITES FAIL, ONCE AGAIN!!!