Life, health and annuity groups have responded to the takeover of the U.S. Capitol that occurred Wednesday with calls for bipartisanship and peaceful resolution of differences.
Some insurers have turned out to have an indirect connection with the rallies that preceded the takeover: They have contributed to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA).
Organizers of the March to Save America rally listed the Rule of Law Defense Fund as one of 11 major participating organizations, along with Stop the Steal and WildProtest.com.
The Rule of Law Defense Fund is an arm of RAGA. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the head of the fund, told AL.com that the fund staff made unauthorized decisions in connection with the rally. He said he condemns efforts by some rally participants to storm the Capitol.
Here’s what insurance groups are saying in statements or social media postings:
The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)
ACLI President Susan Neely said in a statement:
The peaceful transition of power has distinguished the United States for more than 200 years, serving as one of the many examples of American exceptionalism.
What took place today — the invasion of the U.S. Capitol — was fully at odds with American greatness and traditions. It will not stop America’s democratic process. America’s life insurers condemn the violence and its perpetrators.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office on January 20. The 117th Congress will continue its work and America will continue to be governed by the consent of the people as described in the Constitution.
It was a dark day, but the light of freedom in America will never be extinguished.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
AHIP President Matt Eyles posted:
Like you, I am watching with great shock and dismay at the events that are unfolding in our nation’s capital. The formal counting of electoral votes is an important and time-honored part of our democratic institutions along with our uninterrupted history of peaceful transfers of power. To see the violent disruption of these proceedings incited by an American president is an image that I never thought we would witness in our great country. While this is dispiriting for the nation and presented serious concerns for the safety of those with whom we frequently work in Congress, I remain confident that democracy will prevail, order will be restored, and the Congress will be able to resume its constitutional duty.
In the meantime, I urge you all to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. Washington D.C. is the heart of our democracy — and it is our home. I also want to highlight that a curfew has been set in Washington, D.C., for 6pm tonight until 6am tomorrow, and AHIP’s offices remain closed due to the pandemic. We will keep you informed of any events that directly impact our facilities.
I also encourage you to reach out to our employee assistance program (EAP) for additional support. The EAP hotline is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Honor and decency will prevail, and peace will be restored. Stay calm, and hold your loved ones close. I, and the entire executive team, are here to provide any support you need.
Be safe and well,
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
NAIFA posted the following message on Linkedin:
NAIFA Is Committed to Bipartisan Advocacy
In the face of a pandemic and deep political divides, our country needs to continue to strive to heal and work together. We will have our policy differences and political frustrations, but the genius of our political system is that it is well-designed to peacefully and respectfully find ways to bridge differences and ease the frustrations. Associations are a key part of our democratic process — allowing us to unify our individual voices into one to advocate for issues important to us.
NAIFA is committed to working with the incoming administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to seek common ground and pursue policies that promote stability, security and financial well-being for all Americans. Where we find agreement, we will move forward with a single-minded determination. Where we disagree, we will work with respect and understanding to find common ground.
We have stood for 130 years as a nonpartisan association of producers who represent Main Street USA. Our members are active citizens who believe in their profession, their communities, and our country. We stand ready to work with our legislators and regulators for the good of our clients, community, and country in every statehouse and our nation’s Capitol.
Marc Cadin, the chief executive officer of Finseca, posted the following:
Democracy, above all else
Democracy, on which our great nation is built, allows our citizens to use their voices and challenge our leaders to be better – to do better for their countrymen. Today marks a solemn day for America as we see Capitol Hill, the democratic institution that allows our republic to flourish, plagued with violence.
As a nation, we stand shocked and saddened by the disregard and abuse to our nation’s capital, the beacon of American democracy and free speech. The actions of the intruders today espousing violence to prevent the very democratic processes that allow for their dissent is, in the least, an insult to the freedom that we are afforded and an attack on all that we stand for as a nation.
But all is certainly not lost. There is no light without darkness, and we must come together to uphold the ideals that make America the exceptional nation that it is, and will continue to be.
Finseca was founded on principles of unification, and we unequivocally believe unification is critical to a brighter tomorrow.
Together, we are America. Together, we are Finseca.
— Read U.S. Capitol in Lockdown, Pence Evacuated as Protesters Surge, on ThinkAdvisor.