Knock Knock…it’s the government

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:

  • low-income,
  • 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.

Will Obamacare Enforcers Appear on Your Doorstep?

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.

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10 responses to “Knock Knock…it’s the government

  1. You’ve got to hear the rap song the DHS produced to educate women on how to breast feed. It’s hilarious!

    DHS spending tax dollars to explain something we’ve been doing for hundreds of thousand of years!

  2. Bye the way just joking a round here KNOCK KNOCK your late on this story it was post August 14 LOl!

    If you like to read to the Affordable Care Act – Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Funding Cycle Here part of the act: Purpose
    The purpose of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Competitive Grant program is to award Development Grants to States that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts. Successful applicants will sufficiently demonstrate the capacity to expand or enhance their evidence-based home visiting programs. The funding provided will build on the formula funding already provided to States and territories to support the quality implementation of home visiting programs. Additionally, this funding opportunity will continue the program’s emphasis on rigorous research by grounding the proposed work in relevant empirical literature, and by including requirements to evaluate work proposed under this grant. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, approximately $12,000,000 will be available to support competitive Development Grants to eligible States and jurisdictions under the MIECHV program


  3. As a retired solider I wonder why active duty military and vets are on this list, other then we are already classified as potential terrorists?

    • Ken, It probably has to do with the high suicide rate. This particular part of the “Act” will probably also be used to interfere with homeschooling along witht the Common Core Standard to make sure that all kids turn into nice little Socialist Progressives.

      • The high suicide rates are a myth. The Suicide rate among soldiers is actually slightly under that of the general population.

        • Stats I have for 2010 show 12.5 deaths by suicide per 100,000 vs 11.3 for the general population. Not much higher and with the withdraw from Iraq hope fully this rate dropped. Historically the suicide rate has been much lower in the military then the general population, but with service members drawing multiple combat tours with little break in between………..

          • I think that your stats need to control for age and gender. The military statistical universe does not contain very many 13-year-old angsty teen girls (yet), with the possible exception of the certain generals. It is my understanding that when demographically matched, the military vets are indeed below the general population’s suicide rate. It was true a couple of years ago; I’ve not checked this year.

            ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  4. The most disturbing line for me is “appropriate toys in home”. Already children can be expelled from school and forced into a juvenile delinquent program for a toy gun. I’d hate to see what they think of my son’s NERF arsenal.

    • Careful, careful GH, with making your son’s “arsenal” known to others. The NSA knows who and where you are and may pass this on to the appropriate authorities. Sarcastic, but all too plausible.

  5. “has a family member” dosn’t seem that specific. Personally I’d be more concerned about people with “substance abuse” who havn’t done anything about on their own initutive.
    No mention about medical conditions which could have a strong genetic component however.

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