The public is beginning to realize what’s in Obamacare and to read the actual HHS documents for themselves. One new program Obamacare created, for instance, was the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), to develop home visiting programs. Since 2010, it has spent $1.5 billion in grants to develop home visit programs.
The government has made home inspections a priority for certain families:
- has a family member who smokes,
- has a child who’s had low grades,
- includes a woman who’s gotten pregnant before age 21,
- have had any interaction with a child welfare service,
- has a family member who’s sought treatment for substance abuse, or
- has someone who is serving or who formerly served in the Armed Forces.
By David Catron
HHS will spend $224 million in grants to pay for home inspection programs.
If you’re already queasy about the role played by the IRS in assuring your compliance with Obamacare’s numerous mandates, you may need to lie down after reading this column. It turns out that our Beltway masters are not content with their new authority to peruse your tax returns and medical records. They will also authorize state agencies throughout the nation to send government inspectors to your house if a “home visit” is deemed appropriate pursuant to HHS guidelines ostensibly meant to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.”
According to the title page of the document announcing this program, HHS has the authority to fund such visits by virtue of the Social Security Act “as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Obamacare].” It describes this metastasis of HHS power as “an unprecedented opportunity … to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children.” But the program also provides unprecedented opportunities for violations of your privacy, your right to educate your kids as you see fit as well as your Constitutional rights under the Second and Fourth Amendments…
Electronic medical records mandated under Obamacare, that are integrated with a federal database, will be used for data collection and to help identify families for home visits. MIECHV states it will use technology and partner with local healthcare providers and state and local agencies for data collection and sharing. Check out the pages of data these government-funded home visits will collect, track and report about each family, including employment, educational achievement, smoking and alcohol use, income, health insurance status, arrest records, appropriate toys in home, parental emotional status, child’s social behavior, diets, breastfeeding, BMI, safe home, sleeping and playgrounds, and proper parenting techniques.
Under the key components of the home visiting program, it states it will emphasis obesity prevention, getting everyone into a “medical home” (the new term for managed care), tobacco cessation programs, “social-emotional development and mental health,” parental education and family support. While the HHS claims that home visits provide an unprecedented opportunity to improve health and development outcomes for children through evidence-based home visits, “evidence-based” doesn’t mean there is any evidence. Head Start is specifically cited as a model meeting the HHS criteria for effectiveness, for example, and as we know, even the government’s own data shows it’s been a complete failure.