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Forced Home Visits? Questions Arise Over Obamacare Provision

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Obamacare contains many freedom-infringing measures, but the latest tidbit unearthed may be one of the most constitutionally offensive of them all, critics say.

Text from the law shared on the Health and Human Services (HHS) website appears to indicate American families which fall under the “high risk” category may be subject to undue targeting and home visits.

While a HHS release about the grants which fund the program states the home visits are voluntary, some attorneys and elected officials who have read the relative companion Obamacare text disagree about the possibility of denying entry to social services workers. The Health and Human Services program is called the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

A 2011 Obamacare-related Health and Human Services release noted that $224 million will be used to fund “evidence-based home visiting programs.” The stated goal of the federal program is to “help parents and children.”

Exactly what type of forced input Americans who fall into the high risk group will be receiving via the Obamacare mandate it not clear.

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Types of United States citizens which fall into the Obamacare high risk category include:

  • Families which include a tobacco user.
  • Families where a mother is not yet 21.
  • Families with members who are either currently serving or are veterans of the armed forces.
  • Families with children who have low student achievement scores at school.
  • Families which include a member with developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Families with a history of substance abuse.
  • Low income families.

The high-risk group will obviously encompass a sizeable portion of American families.

When the program was announced, Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, applauded the idea.

“Home visiting programs play a critical role in the nation’s efforts to help children get off to a strong start,” she said. “Parenting is a tough job, and helping parents succeed pays big dividends in a child’s well-being and healthy development.”

HHS even included data it said showed home visits “can improve outcomes for children and families, including improving maternal and child health, reducing child maltreatment, increasing parental employment, and improving the rate at which children reach developmental milestones.”

George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families within HHS, was quoted as saying, “Helping children and families thrive requires a multi-faceted approach and home visiting is a critical component that can strengthen families and put children on solid footing.”

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) itself calls the visits voluntary. Others, though say they won’t be. Kent Masterson Brown, a constitutional attorney, said it is “not a voluntary program.”

“The eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits is to identify the individuals to be visited and intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks,” Brown said. “A homeschooling family, for instance, may be subject to intervention in school readiness and social-emotional developmental indicators. A farm family may be subject to intervention in order to prevent child injuries. The sky is the limit. Intervention may be with any family for any reason. It may also result in the child or children being required to go to certain schools or taking certain medications and vaccines and even having more limited — or no — interaction with parents. The federal government will now set the standards for raising children and will enforce them by home visits.”

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  1. And if you think that CPS sometimes commits atrocities, wait to see more.
    “eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits” Of course the more visits they claim, the more grant money they will claim needed.
    The real answers are returns to godliness, responsibility, respect, community and common sense.

  2. Home visits are as voluntary as giving your Social Security number to a federal agency. They say disclosure is “voluntary,” but then say something like, “Failure to provide your Social Security number may prevent access to the information or services you seek.” That’s like saying, “Providing your name is voluntary. If you give me your name, I won’t kill you, but if you don’t give me your name, then I will kill you.” See? It’s all voluntary. Right?

    They also say that a family with a mother under the age of 21 is subject to home visits. What about the age of the father? Are they just telegraphing an assumption that the under-21 female is a single mother? And, if age is so critical, what about all the kids being raised by grandparents? If a child is being raised by an aged, perhaps someone with medical issues, would that not bring about a home visit? (I’m not say it should, I’m just pointing out how odd it is that the focus is on the young mother.)

    Come to think of it, I am now in my 60s, but my wife and I are raising two daughters, ages 9 & 11. They are not our granddaughters, contrary to the usual assumptions of people we meet when out and about; they are our daughters. So we got a late start on a family, is that any different from someone who gets an early start? Sheesh!

    But the part that really bothers me is the fact that I am a veteran, discharged honorably after serving 12 years on active duty. Am I somehow not fit to be a parent, and the government needs to come and check on me? If someone comes to my door seeking to do a “home visit,” I fear I will not be kind, though I know that any display of anger toward them might result in a court ordered “home visit,” so I must be careful. Indeed, if the goons were to read what I have said about the government over the years, they’d probably have me targeted already. American citizens are in peril of being abused by their government, and it is just not right!

    • I’m with you on this Fellow Nam Vet. My wife and I are caring for our older but mentally ill daughter. I fear the Govt. will mandate a “home visit” and remove my (our) second amendment rights because of the supposed “danger” to my daughter. I’m not “saying” I have any unsecured weapons in the house, I’m referring to the constitutional right. I completely agree on the fear issue and I also will probably not be kind to the person at the door seeking entry… On another issue – I am the kind of person that is a fight comes (which I don’t want) I would be right in the middle of it…Been there before and despite what some of the morons in these forums say, fighting is not fun…they shoot back…I read recently that one fella said he would have no problem shooting Russians if they come, I say to that fella “you are a moron or a Sociopath” I had (have) a lot of problems with shooting anyone. They’re still humans and they love and desire families just like you or I…

  3. I foresee many more children being taken from parents because parents don’t play the game. I am an unfortunate parent who lost her three children due to “financial neglect”, which was the states last resort to keep my children in foster care. I fought hard to get them back through appeals, but lost due to an election that same year of Appellant court judges. It was about 10 years later the state came back and told me they did wrong and finally gave me contact with my children, but never gave parental rights back.

    I also see DSHS taking these new laws to their advantage and overstepping their boundaries, just to get more money from the federal government for their states and counties. Misuse of authority in my opinion.

  4. If this is fundamental change that you voted for, you can count us out. We mind our own business and do not bother anyone!! Good luck America.

  5. Government are experts at double-entendre.

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