Global Cooling Here! Obamacare’s Mismanaged Subsidies and More. Helena News Roundup.

helena NunnStory of the Week.  Editors note: As Pope Francis prepares to release his highly anticipated encyclical on climate change, the global warming hoax continues to be exposed.  More to come on the encyclical which will be read and analyzed in the context of the Catechism by this faithful Catholic – Your Truly, Dr. David McKalip, Editor and Founder of the Sunbeam Times.

America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend Interesting how this data from government stations across the US show a cooling trend vs. government studies saying just the opposite. It required the government to manipulate the data to go along with their global warming scare! “Data from America’s most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S. has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time. The U.S. Climate Reference Network was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide “high-quality” climate data. The network consists of 114 stations across the U.S. in areas NOAA expects no development for the next 50 to 100 years.”

Feds Can’t Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies Another Huge Problem!! “[The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMS’s internal controls did not effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act during the first four months that these payments were made,” the OIG said. “CMS’s system of internal controls could not ensure that CMS made correct financial assistance payments. “The OIG reviewed subsidies paid to insurance companies between January and April 2014. The audit found that CMS did not have a process to “prevent or detect any possible substantial errors” in subsidy payments. The OIG said the agency did not have a system to “ensure that financial assistance payments were made on behalf of confirmed enrollees and in the correct amounts.”

Hospitals Are the Latest Victims Of ObamaCare’s False Promises ..” hospitals in expansion states saw uncompensated care costs drop by 13%, but their operating revenues were no better than hospitals in non-expansion states. Why? Because Medicaid vastly underpays providers, and expansion states are seeing big increases in the number of Medicaid patients. One hospital in Illinois says it cut its unpaid bills by $9 million last year, but had $28 million in Medicaid costs, for which it got paid $14 million. So on balance, ObamaCare has left the hospital $5 million deeper in the hole. In Kentucky, which fully embraced ObamaCare and where three quarters of the newly insured are on Medicaid, the state’s hospital association says the law has cost hospitals there $1 billion, resulting “in hospital staff layoffs” and threatening the “availability of hospital care, especially in rural areas.”

The Fraud-Riddled ‘Obamaphone’ Program Is Coming to the Internet Gee, the FCC will be expanding their Fraud riddled Obamaphone program to now include an Obamanet program. How our government loves fraud riddled programs-all at taxpayer expense!! “According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, a decade after starting Lifeline — which subsidizes mobile phone service for low-income families — the FCC still “has not evaluated the effectiveness of the Lifeline program.” Consumers pay for the subsidies through a fee tacked on to their phone bills. What’s more, the GAO noted that two independent studies show that many eligible households would have bought a mobile plan anyway, “in the absence of a subsidy.”

Budget office: U.S. debt picture has ‘worsened dramatically’ | Our future debt continues to grow as do the burden from entitlements!! “The Budget Office, a nonpartisan in-house think tank for Congress, projected that the federal debt is set to rise from 74 percent of economic output today to 103 percent by 2040, driven by spending on government healthcare and retirement programs and interest payments on the debt…But the larger development is the government dedicated more and more tax dollars to entitlement and healthcare programs.Spending on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies and other healthcare programs will rise from an average 6.5 percent of gross domestic product over the past 50 years to 14.2 percent of GDP by 2040.”

Meet the Clinton Foundation’s Sordid Circle of Crooks and Thieves What a list of who’s who in bribery, corruption etc etc. I guess if one is susceptible to bribery and greed, you need to surround yourself with the same type of people and boy did the Clintons do just that“The pattern of behavior I have established is too blatant to ignore,” Schweizer writes, “and deserves legal scrutiny by those with investigative capabilities that go beyond journalism.” For their part, Democrats should think long and hard about whether nominating the first woman for president is worth having these and other hoodlums dominate the headlines in a fall 2016 campaign that reeks of a RICO indictment.

Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more This will let you know what is on the Supreme Court Docket!! Many important rulings will be decided!!

You Will Be Assimilated Must Read! “.. the same-sex marriage movement is interested in more than just the freedom to form marital unions. It is also interested in punishing dissenters.. the ambitions of the movement go further. It’s about revisiting legal notions of freedom of speech and association, constitutional protections for religious freedom, and cultural norms concerning the family. And most Americans are only just realizing that these are the societal compacts that have been pried open for negotiation. Same-sex marriage supporters see this cascade of changes as necessary for safeguarding progress against retrograde elements in society. People less deeply invested in same-sex marriage might see it as a bait-and-switch. And they would be correct. Bait-and-switch has been the modus operandi of the gay rights movement for a good long while.”

New service alerts Pinellas property owners to possible fraud “Pinellas County property owners can now get alerts about possibly fraudulent activity involving deeds, affidavits or other official records. The Pinellas Clerk of Court Office is the first in Florida and among the few in the nation to offer the new property fraud alert system for free to those who sign up. “This is a wonderful tool,” said the office’s communications coordinator. “A lot of people don’t really check filings in official records so if somebody is recording something under your name you are alerted right away.”

Voting ‘yes’ on trade won’t give Obama carte blanche Glad to see Ryan clarify the Trade Promotion authority!! About time it is explained to the public!!! “Here’s how it works. Under TPA, when the president submits a trade deal, it gets an up-or-down vote — but only on three conditions. First, the deal must be consistent with nearly 150 negotiating objectives set by Congress beforehand. Second, the president must consult with Congress throughout the negotiations. Third, the president must make the text of the deal public for 60 days before he signs it, so people can read it themselves. In the end, Congress gets the final say. Whatever the proposed changes are to the law, Congress must approve them.”

GOP Critical of New Obama Rules To Create ‘Utopian’ Neighborhoods The Federal Gov’t is in effect taking over local zoning regulations using bribes!! “Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, who is working to block the rule, said that the Obama administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble. “American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” Gosar told The Hill. The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky said the rule is “too race conscious. “It’s a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything,” Spakovsky told The Hill.

AP US History Won’t Give Students Grounding in Civic Virtues “Every country requires a high degree of cooperation and unity among its citizens if it is to achieve the internal harmony that any good society requires … Most countries have relied on the common ancestry and the traditions of their people as the basis of their unity. But the US can rely on no such commonality; we are an enormously diverse and varied people; almost all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants … we are always vulnerable to divisions among us, which can be exploited to set one group against another and to destroy the unity and harmony that has allowed us to flourish. We live in a time when civil demotion has been undermined and national unity is under attack constantly.”

Editorial: Big recycling trucks big problem for St. Petersburg Big Whoops! “St. Petersburg began distributing recycling bins in mid May and gave each district an initial pick-up date, but some residents have been waiting more than a month for the first pickup. Some fresh reminders would help. The bigger issue is making alley pickup work. Nearly 40 percent of St. Pete residents have their trash picked up in their alleys. But the city insists that their recycling trucks — which are 12 feet, 9 inches tall, 1 foot taller than the current trucks—will not fit in alleys. It would have been wiser to listen to advice from Tampa, which uses the alleys for recycling, than from Arizona, which apparently suggested trucks the size of tanks would work just fine.”

Deluge came as Tampa weighs big stormwater fee hike Sorely needed and long overdue!! “Just three weeks ago, city officials detailed to City Council $250 million in major stormwater infrastructure projects they want to complete to tackle flooding across the city. They also want to find an extra $7.7 million per year to pay for more frequent maintenance of ditches and ponds, more regular sweeping of streets and servicing of drains and underground pipes. The likeliest funding source for that would be a stormwater fee hike. The improved maintenance schedule would mean increasing the average annual assessment to $81.96 or $6.83 a month from the current $3 monthly charge.”

Florida Forever Funding: The Rest of the Story “According to figures provided by House staff, the Florida Forever program is sitting on a pile of unused money — not just the $12.5 million it was budgeted last year, but a total $84 million. In the bank. Eighty-four million greenbacks just hanging out. Between the surveys, the approvals, the laundry list of bureaucratic hurry-up-and-wait, land acquisition is at least a two-year process. Yet, last year buying failed to start on a single acre of land. So, if I’m a legislator and Amy Baker, the state’s chief economist, shows me Florida Forever is basically in siesta mode, and I’ve got two or three dozen people lobbying me for their Amendment 1-suitable project, I might not exactly feel the buy-land urgency either.”