The Republican National Committee’s health insurance plan covers elective abortion – a procedure the party’s own platform calls “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.”And it's been the case for a generation:
Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.As they say, IOKIYAR.
“The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said. [emphasis added.]
Given that the coverage has been in place since George Herbert Walker Bush was president, you'll forgive me if I find this a little hard to fathom:
“We were not aware of this, obviously, and this will, of course, be fixed,” said James Bopp Jr., a Republican National Committeeman from Indiana. “I think Chairman Steele will see to it that that’s the case.”No one knew? No one checked? Since 1991???
UPDATE: Looks like they're doing something about it. From Politico:
The Republican National Committee will no longer offer employees an insurance plan that covers abortion after POLITICO reported Thursday that the anti-abortion RNC's policy has covered the procedure since 1991.