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Do as we say, not as we do

The Republicans have been making a big stink about the health care bill paying for abortions. But Politico has found that the insurance plan that the Republican National Committee offers to its employees pays for elective abortions. Their health insurance company, Cigna, says that the RNC has the option of not covering abortions, but has covered them since at least 1991.

UPDATE: GOP Chairman Michael Steele, who was pro-choice before taking the job, has announced that the RNC medical insurance plan will stop paying for elective abortions immediately.

UPDATE 2: What makes this stunningly (and doubly) hypocritical and ironic is that not only was the RNC privately paying for abortions while publicly condemning them, but by reversing their position, they are now doing the same thing they were accusing the Democrats of trying to do. Republican wing-nuts have been claiming that publicly funded health insurance will control your health care decisions. But this puts the RNC in the position of controlling its own employees’ health care decisions.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    The RNC has now changed the policy to refusing free abortions to their members. Michael Steele is pro-choice. He was skewered by the RNC when he became chairman and voiced his opinion of being pro choice. Not party policy. He has now OKed that Cigne not be allowed to pay for free abortions for RNC employees. Absolutly no hypocrisy in Steele’s life values.

    Friday, November 13, 2009 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  2. pen wrote:

    So, why is there a prolife check ad on the side of this????

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    If you can send me the link the ad points to (actually, I only need the domain name), I can block it in AdSense.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  4. Mike Eastman wrote:

    Why are you comparing taxpayer-funded abortion coverage with privately-funded abortion coverage? As a conservative, I don’t care what the Republican party does with their funds (I don’t have to contribute). I do care what the government does with my funds (which is taken from me without my permission).

    Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    You don’t care if the Republican party is acting hypocritically? Wow!

    Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink