At least until today. Or whenever the paperwork between the RNC and their health insurance company, Cigna, goes through.
Since 1991, the RNC has included coverage for elective abortions in their employees’ health insurance, even though they could have opted-out, according to some smart (and smart-ass) reporters over at Politico.com.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who will never need an abortion of any kind, hastily announced that they would be dropping abortion coverage from their standard policy. He claimed not to understand why it would have been covered in the past (oh, I don’t know, maybe because it’s a legal and regular part of reproductive healthcare for women?), but that in any case, he would be the big strong brave man to take it away from his own employees. Only slutty whorebag tramps need abortions, anyway.
I’m torn between sympathy for the female staffers of the RNC and a devilish sense of anticipation of chickens with unplanned pregnancies coming home to roost.
The AP story is here.