We all know about the Stupak Amendment, that totally unnecessary amendment pasted in the House health care bill passed last week. Ignoring the rights a woman has over her own body, the amendment blocking coverage of abortions by any public health insurance plan surely pleased the the conservative Democrats out there, and left all Republicans jubilant.
In what is the latest string of embarrasingly hypocritical actions and words of the Republican Party and conservative right wingers everywhere (hello Carrie Prejean?), comes word that the insurance carrier of choice of the Republican Party, CIGNA, has gladly provided coverage of elective abortions to Republican Party members for 18 years:
Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna. Two sales agents for the company said that the RNC’s policy covers elective abortion.
Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
“The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said. […]
According to several Cigna employees, the insurer offers its customers the opportunity to opt out of abortion coverage — and the RNC did not choose to opt out.
Of course, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, upon finding this out, instructed CIGNA that the party would now opt-out of the coverage. The only problem is, if CIGNA continues to provide coverage for abortions to it’s other policy members through premiums paid by the Republican Party members, wouldn’t this still be contrary to the intentions of the Stupak Amendment?
In short, yup! :
In General – No Funds authorized under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) may be used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion, except in the case…[of a risk of death of the mother, rape, or incest].
I hate to say this, but wouldn’t Sarah Palin’s life had been a lot easier right now if she’d read her insurance policy 18 years ago?