By Jeff Kirkpatrick
UPDATE July 14, 2017: Trumpcare 3.0 has arrived. See, “Trumpcare 3.0: From Bad to Worse”
Mitch McConnell is a slimy bucket of maggot pus. He cannot be trusted; he should never be trusted by anyone, much less by other Senators – especially Democratic Senators. Some of them just need to wake the fuck up and realize the kind of shitbag they are dealing with before it’s too late. McConnell may very well be the most corrupt, dishonest and most sociopathic Senator in modern times.
First: Obamacare is not in a death spiral . The Congressional Budget Office Report  confirmed that. The other point is that the ACA (Obamacare) does have problems that need to be fixed, but those problems are either caused by or at least being inflamed by the Trump administration (see: “Obamacare isn’t Dying, Truth is”). They’ve been saying that Obamacare is in a death spiral, and since it is not, they are trying to do everything they can to kill it. Trump is actually violating his oath to uphold the laws of the United States: the Affordable Care Act is the law, and rather than upholding it, he is doing everything he can to undermine it or to destroy it. The plan is to kill it and replace it with “Trumpcare: The Sociopath’s Guide to Healthcare”.
Let me tell you what a slimy fuck McConnell is. Last year he was successful in getting a bill passed that was supposed to label GMO foods , but which is one of the biggest consumer scams in over a decade. What the law did was prevent states from having the right to label GMOs and replace those efforts with a federal law that did not do what Republicans were saying it would do: in other words, they lied. You can read more about the details of the bill here: “GMO Labeling Bill S.764”.
Mitch McConnell was the lead on this bill. Although this bill was about labeling food, McConnell took a previously introduced bill, H.R. 3134 and – without changing the name of the bill itself – gutted the text of that bill and replaced it with the text of the GMO labeling bill they were trying to pass. What is significant is that the name of H.R. 3134 was “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015”.
The final name of the GMO labeling bill was S.764 , but it wasn’t initially referred to as S.764. In fact, S.764 was actually called, “A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.” This particular bill was originally sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker on March 17, 2015. This bill eventually morphed into the GMO labeling bill through a series of devious, slimy procedural techniques by none other than Senator McConnell.
In other words, Republicans – who were led by McConnell – passed a bill called the “National Sea Grant College Program Act” and it was through this legislation that they passed a food labeling bill that would prevent states from having the right to create laws about labeling certain foods (don’t believe the hype: Republicans are only in favor of states’ rights when it benefits them personally). McConnell said, “We’re not trying to trick anybody” at the same time that he was literally trying to trick everyone. He did so by taking the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015”, removing the text of that bill and inserting the text of a food labeling bill and ultimately amending it into the “National Sea Grant College Program Act”. McConnell knew that Republicans would support that bill simply because of the name: they utterly salivate at any opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood – even though the text of that legislation had nothing to do with defunding Planned Parenthood after McConnell’s sleight of hand. It’s common knowledge that few politicians read any bills or even understand what the hell they are voting for; most just vote the way they are told (which is why they are referred to as political whores).
The bottom line is that McConnell used the most devious legislative techniques that he could in order to appease his corporate masters and disregard the overwhelming will of the American people. That’s what Senator “Maggot Brains” McConnell does best.
The point is: no one should make the mistake of underestimating the deviousness, greed, hypocrisy and selfishness of Mitch McConnell.
You can bet your ass that he will do anything and everything to get Trumpcare passed. Expect the most unethical, dishonest, sociopathic actions to unfold in the near future. Expect the worst, but hope for the best. Don’t give up the fight now. Call:
Tell your Senators to vote No on Trumpcare. When you call, please refer to it as “The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (or BCRA). Although it may be currently referred to as H.R. 1628, this may change as the bill reaches the Senate floor for a vote.
“Call your senator: Phone numbers for every office of every U.S. senator,” by David Nir, Daily Kos; February 2, 2017
See this article for a list of Senators and contact information who need to really hear from their constituents: “New CBO Score: Trumpcare Kills for Profit,” by Stephanie Connolly & Alex Lawson, HuffPost; June 27, 2017
“Keep Fighting Because McConnell is Trying to Cut A New Deal to Take Away Your Healthcare,” by Jason Easley, Politics USA; June 27, 2017
“The GOP Has a Sinister Solution to Finding the Votes They Need for Their Health Care Bill,” by Mark Sumner, Alternet; June 27, 2017
“Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes,” by Josh Dawsey and Burgess Everett, POLITICO; June 26, 2017
Excerpt: White House and Capitol Hill officials are exploring potential deals to divvy up billions of dollars to individual senators’ priorities in a wide-ranging bid to secure votes for the imperiled GOP health care bill.
A Congressional Budget Office score that projected 22 million fewer Americans would have insurance under the plan sent some members fleeing Monday and left the bill in jeopardy of failing to have enough votes to even be called to the Senate floor this week.
But Republicans in the White House and in Congress were pleasantly surprised that the bill included more savings than they expected – and are trying to figure out if they can dole it out for votes.
The Senate has about $188 billion to play with.
Among the possible changes: More spending for health savings accounts to appease conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, according to three people familiar with the matter, and some additional Medicaid and opioid spending for moderates.
“We are still working with leadership to change the base bill,” a Lee aide said.
Lee, Cruz and others on the right have been looking to wipe out as much of Obamacare as possible and replace it with health savings accounts, group plans and selling insurance across state lines, among other ideas. It’s not clear whether the Senate parliamentarian would allow all of those proposals through under strict reconciliation rules. And Lee will likely require far more dramatic changes to be won over.
“McConnell warns Trump, GOP on health bill failure,” by Burgess Everett, Josh Dawsey and Jennifer Haberkorn, POLITICO; June 27, 2017
Excerpt: Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent warning to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer.
President Donald Trump continued to float the possibility on Monday that Congress and the White House would simply let Obamacare’s individual markets collapse if the GOP’s repeal effort goes down later this week. But McConnell called up Trump recently, according to people with knowledge of the call, to deliver a reality check.
“New CBO Score: Trumpcare Kills for Profit,” by Stephanie Connolly & Alex Lawson, HuffPost; June 27, 2017
Excerpt: To understand the winners and losers from Trumpcare you have to look no further than Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tom Price’s stock portfolio. “Dr. Trumpcare” doesn’t have any stock in the American people.
Confirming this yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released their estimate of the Senate’s Trumpcare bill, and the results are just as deadly as Americans have feared—and even meaner than the House version that Trump himself called “mean.”
According to one analysis, around “17,000 people could die in 2018 who otherwise would have lived if a House Republican health proposal endorsed by the Trump administration becomes law. By 2026, the number of people killed by Trumpcare could grow to approximately 29,000 in that year alone.”…
Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan didn’t just stumble into this terrible bill in some well-intentioned attempt to improve the U.S. health care system and ensure that Americans of all ages and income levels can afford critical and life-saving health care coverage. Instead, the GOP’s leadership, motivated by a relentless anti-government ideology and market fundamentalism, have no other goal than to destroy Medicaid, radically undermine Medicare, and cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires—regardless of how many low- and middle-Americans would be left poorer and sicker as a result.
“Why the Senate Health-Care Bill Would Be Absolutely Terrible for Women,” by Senator Kamala Harris, Lenny Letter; June 27, 2017
“Nobody Is Safe under Trumpcare as Millions of Americans Will Lose Employer-Based Coverage,” by Sean Colarossi, Politics USA; June 26, 2017
 The “death spiral” myth actually originated with a conspiracy theory by an extreme right-wing religious nutjob who has an affinity for people associated with sexual assault (“Grab ‘em by the pussy”). You can read more about it in “Death Spirals & Trump’s Healthcare Conspiracy”
 The CBO Report: “Cost Estimate of H.R. 1628 Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” by Congressional Budget Office (CBO); June 26, 2017 (49 pages)
 For those who don’t know, GMOs are genetically modified organisms, or in this context, foods/crops that have been genetically engineered.* The most common type are corn and soy crops that have been genetically engineered to be tolerant to applications of an herbicide; they are herbicide tolerant (HT). Over ninety percent of corn and soy grown in the U.S. are GMOs; the most common are Monsanto’s crops called “Roundup Ready” because they are able to tolerate applications of their glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.
[*] For more general information see, “Genetically Engineered Food: An Overview, 2016 Edition,” by Food & Water Watch; January, 2016 (36 pages)
There are a number of reasons why people might choose to not consume GMOs; glyphosate was classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC, a division of the World Health Organization); the science process itself can and will cause hundred to thousands of mutations in the target DNA.* Some object to the corporate control of the world’s food system and the abuse of intellectual property rights laws or patent laws.** Others might feel that there is nothing wrong with consuming GMOs but insist that everyone has the right to know what’s in their food, how it is made, where it comes from, etc. Whatever reasons people may have for wanting GMO foods to be labeled (and there are many), the point is that advocates have tried for over two decades to make sure that all GMOs are labeled as genetically modified, or genetically engineered (as they are in 64 other countries). In 2014, Vermont passed a GMO labeling bill that withstood a number of lawsuits by organizations that were supported by companies like Monsanto and when it was due to become law in 2016, the state law would have been enough for major food corporations to label all their GMO food products as containing GMOs – across the country. It was seen as a long awaited win – until Republicans stepped in and decided that states’ rights could go to hell after all. Led by McConnell, a pseudo GMO labeling bill was passed that voided Vermont’s law (and any other state laws that were similar).
[*] “The genetic engineering process may result in hundreds to thousands of insertional mutations as well as potential mutations from other steps that are used, such as tissue culture; “A central feature of transformation is insertion of the transgene into plant chromosomal DNA. Transgene insertion is infrequently, if ever, a precise event. Mutations found at transgene insertion sites include deletions and rearrangements of host chromosomal DNA and introduction of superfluous DNA … These genome-wide mutations can number from hundreds to many thousands per diploid genome. Despite the fact that confidence in the safety and dependability of crop species rests significantly on their genetic integrity, the frequency of transformation-induced mutations and their importance as potential biosafety hazards are poorly understood.” [Emphasis added]. See: “The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation,” by Jonathan Latham, Allison Wilson & Ricarda Steinbrecher, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Vol. 2006; March 1, 2006 (7 pages).
 S. 764 was codified in July 2016 as “Public Law No: 114-216-July 29, 2016, National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard”.