Obamacare Failures Mount, Florida Gets “Pastor Protection” from Gay Activists, Foreign Policy Bombshells and More – Helena’s News Roundup.

Obamacare failures25% Dumped Their ObamaCare Plans Last Year, White House Admits

“.. enrollment in the ObamaCare exchanges fell to 8.8 million by the end of the year, from 11.7 million who’d initially signed up. That’s a 25% decline.1.5 million who signed up never paid their first premium, so the number dropped to 10.2 million by the end of March 2015. Then another 1.1 million canceled their coverage in the last 6 months of the year. Half a million got booted off because they couldn’t verify citizenship..For many, ObamaCare just isn’t worth it, even for many of the 84% who get insurance subsidies. The plans typically feature sky-high deductibles. “There’s also a built-in incentive to cancel plans because of the 90-day grace period, which lets people getting subsidies keep coverage for 3 months if they stop paying premiums.”

ObamaCare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ Will Hit Chevy-Class Families Hardest, Study Finds

“When the tax kicks in, it will impose a non-deductible 40% surcharge on ins premiums above $10,800 for individuals and $29,100 for families…a new study shows that middle class families with incomes between $38,000 and $100,000 will bear the brunt of the Cadillac tax.That’s because, as a share of income, these families benefit the most from the current tax exemption, which effectively lowers the cost of ins provided through the workplace. But the exemption provides relatively little benefit to either the poor or the wealthy..This is just one of many problems with the Cadillac tax. The other is that, while it initially affects only high-priced plans, the thresholds for the tax are indexed to overall inflation…which means the tax will inevitably sweep up an increasing share of insurance plans.”

Rick Scott signs the ‘Pastor Protection’ bill into law – SaintPetersBlog

How can this bill be controversial if we have a Constitutional right to religious freedom!!”A controversial bill that shields clergy members who refuse to perform gay marriages is now law.The so-called pastor protection act was one of more than two dozen bills Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Thursday.Rep. Plakon, House sponsor, said earlier this month the proposal offered protections to pastors that have concerns about gay marriage. The law protects clergy, churches and religious organizations and their employees from civil action for refusing to perform gay marriages. Plakon has said he began drafting the bill before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. He has said much of the bill comes from a similar Texas law.”

U.S. Gears Up for Showdown With Russia Over Iran Missile Tests

About Time but don’t count on anything coming from the wimps in the Obama admin!!”The US is preparing for a diplomatic showdown with Russia as it prepares to release an official report accusing Iran of breaching international accords prohibiting the test firing of ballistic missiles..The US has been pressuring partner nations on the U.N. Sec Council to publicly chastise Iran for a series of ballistic missile tests that the Obama admin claims violate international accords.Russia broke ranks with the US this week by siding with Iran, which claims that the tests do not violate the nuclear agreement.Iran and its allies argue that the U.N. resolutions governing the nuclear deal only suggest that the Islamic Republic abstain from testing ballistic missiles, a claim the US has publicly opposed in recent days.”


Why Obama and Kerry Fear the ‘G’ Word

“No American president has ever applied the word “genocide” to a current event or situation. The way is now paved for Obama to become the first… All Obama has to do is jump on the bandwagon. But he hasn’t. Of course, we know why..The foreign policy of the Obama admin tends toward talking a big game and then forgetting to show up. That would be a lot harder to pull off if he called the genocide of Christians by ISIS what it is. So he’s avoiding it, like the Clinton admin before him.Congress has spoken.. . If Kerry agrees to designate ISIS’s atrocities genocide, that could force the administration to act with the Euro Union to take military action against ISIS soon.Obama may want to avoid that policy, but his failure to confront the genocide and name it would be the nail in the coffin of his foreign-policy legacy.”


High Hopes for Hillary Clinton, Then Disappointment in Haiti

Check out Clinton’s Found to see if any of Haiti’s promised money can be found there? “Carrying horns, handwritten signs and bottles of gasoline to set tires on fire, a group of men marched into one of many protests that have paralyzed parts of the Haitian capital.They were angry with their president, who let Parliament collapse and failed to hold elections. They were angry with the UN for not ensuring a fair vote for his successor. And they were angry with the former American secretary of state who had helped put him in power..In their post-2000 lives as global citizens, Hillary and Bill Clinton have been tied to no country more closely than Haiti. As a UN special envoy, Bill helped raise millions of dollars for the country after its 2010 earthquake. Hillary traveled there 4 times as secretary of state and shepherded billions of dollars in American aid.”
Hillary’s vow to kill coal miners’ jobs finishes a vast Democratic betrayal
“Here’s a novelty: Hillary told the truth. Oops!“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said while boasting about her clean energy program – with a big smile on her face.In fact, this is standard Dem policy: Obama’s been throwing coal miners out of work for 7 years now, aiming to deliver on his 2008 pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.But most Democrats have the sense to pretend they’re just protecting the environment — and bashing business. Clinton quickly followed with a vow to dole out $30 billion for job retraining and to cover early-retirement costs for the workers she’ll get fired.But retrain for what? Name a single industry that the modern Democratic Party actually favors. (And, no, “green jobs” don’t count: They exist almost exclusively in liberal rhetoric.)”


new education failure: us works last in tech problem solving |

Must Read!!”Americans may have given birth to the Internet, but they aren’t very good at using technology to solve problems.A new report finds U.S. workers rank dead last among 18 industrial countries when it comes to “problem solving in technology-rich environments,” or using digital technology to evaluate information and perform practical tasks.. If the problem-solving deficit is bad, the reasons for it may be worse: flagging literacy and numeracy skills, which are the fundamental tools needed to score well on the survey…In the 1970s, the U.S. had the most educated workforce in the world. Since 2000, the skills and knowledge of U.S. high-school grads have stagnated while those of other countries have increased rapidly. That failure to adapt means global employers can get cheaper, better educated labor in many other countries.”

ICE: 124 illegal immigrants freed from jail later charged in 138 murder cases

“The criminal aliens released by ICE- who had already been convicted of thousands of crimes- are responsible for a significant crime spree in American communities, including 124 new homicides. Inexplicably, ICE is choosing to release some criminal aliens multiple times,” said the report by CIS’s respected director, Jessica M. Vaughan.She added that 75% were released due to court orders or because their countries wouldn’t take them back.What’s more, her report said that in 2014, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens who had been convicted of 92,347 crimes. Only 3% have been deported. Her analysis is the latest shocking review of Obama’s open-border immigration policy. And despite the high number of illegals charged with murder, the list doesn’t include those released by over 300 “sanctuary cities” and those ICE declined to take into custody.”
The ugly truth about Obama’s ‘pretty darn great’ economy

Anyone Surprised?”Obama said last week. “By almost every economic measure, we are significantly better off.”For a 2nd opinion, just ask Obama’s own economic adviser Wolf. He told CNN: “I don’t think anyone is saying the economy is great right now.”By almost every economic measure, America is flat to falling.Gallup CEO laments this chilling trend: “For the first time in 35 years, business deaths outnumber business births..Business startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year until 2008. But in the past 6 years, the net number of US startups versus closures is minus 70,000.”Clifton worries that “entrepreneurship is now in decline for the 1st time since government started measuring it.. Small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they’re being born. So is free enterprise. And when free enterprise dies, America dies with it.”
2016 Legislative Session Winners and Losers

Nice overview of the 2016 FL Legislative Session. “But here is a sampling of some of the people and issues and organizations that stood out most as the session ended Friday.The speaker and the Senate president brought an $82 billion budget in for a landing, coolly on time, and with only one dissenting vote between them — in the House. ..With the blessing of Corcoran and some other masters of the House, this Clearwater Republican looks ready to lead the House. Sprowls has flipped enough pledges to deny Eisnaugle the gavel and become speaker of the House after the 2020 elections. Only 32, with an inspirational story on how he recovered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma while still in high school and an excellent record as an assistant state attorney, Sprowls looks like a Republican rising star whose ascension was helped by outmaneuvering Eisnaugle.”

ABRAHAM H. MILLER: Syria refugees likely end up on welfare
Must Read!”Do you live in a preferred refugee resettlement community? There are 82 of them, and a lot of them are in small towns..Refugee resettlement is big business, and 9 organizations, called volags, have a virtual monopoly over the business. They are the ones that Dept of State has selected because they are located or use subcontractors in communities where refugees have “ample opportunities of sustained economic independence.” Or so the State Dept would like you to believe. In reality, there is little follow up…Beyond the impact on local welfare, education, medical and housing resources, a grave concern is security. These are exacerbated because neither the gov nor the volags will reveal the number of refugees they tend to unleash on the local taxpayers… 49% of refugees end up using one or more welfare programs.”

Florida Senate passes competency-based education bill

“A bill to promote personalized learning in the Lake and Seminole county school districts won easy approval in the Florida Senate this morning, touted as the “future of education…”It creates pilot programs in four Florida school districts — Palm Beach and Pinellas counties also are on the list — and a laboratory school run by the U of Florida. .Under the measure, those school systems would create programs that would allow students to move ahead academically based on when they mastered content, not based on how much time they spent in a class or even in a grade. The state would need to provide access to state tests essentially on demand to the participating districts, the bill says.”This is the future of education, my friends, this is where we’re going,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, the bill sponsor.”

We Cannot Afford “Free” Wind and Solar Energy

Outright Fraud!!”While driving 1,000 miles from Houston to Colorado Springs, I noticed something —lots of wind farms dotting the landscape, but none anywhere near even small population centers. And another funny thing, though: Invariably, many of the turbines weren’t moving and one of the largest appeared to have about 100 turbines, yet I counted just three in action.How can this be? Having paid for the land, the turbines, and those long transmission lines don’t providers want a maximum of the machines going? Nope. Because, you see, wind farms – and solar farms for the same reasons – don’t make their money by generating electricity. They do it by generating gov subsidies… I surprised even myself by finding that wind and solar have no purpose other than lining the pockets of fat cats, this was no shocker. No purpose, really? Really.”
Union Officials Admit They Let Veterans Die Rather Than Talk To Republicans

Just Horrible!! “A former federal employee union president is wracked with regret because veterans likely died at a time when she knew about gross misconduct within her VA facility but didn’t tell congressional leaders because they were Republicans… Sen. Kirk was the ranking Republican on the VA Appropriations com when Clarno finally talked to him in 2013, and he immediately launched a crusade to expose wrong-doing at Hines. Honl, a lifelong Dem who worked at Tomah, reluctantly went to Johnson’s office, and got a response the next day after being frustrated with a lack of response from Baldwin and another Dem, Rep. Ron Kind The failure of the unions to alert authorities about patient abuse, coupled with political attacks against the few congressmen who actually tried to put a stop to it, astounded Honl that he renounced his political party.”