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Published on August 19th, 2013 | by Dr. Joel McDurmon


“Forced” home visits: Obamacare is not the real problem

A frightening report has been circulating regarding an Obamacare provision which will create “forced” home inspections with criteria so broad that “any family may be visited by federally paid agents for almost any reason.” The news is certainly alarming, but the real problem is deeper than just one more rotten ObamaCare Easter egg.

Indeed, the real problem is the reason ObamaCare can succeed in this way to begin with.

First, let’s look at the extent of the provision. The source of alarm is a call for applications for the “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Competitive Grant program.” Successful applicants must propose models that include giving “priority” to criteria including the following:

  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.

The larger document (downloadable from HHS’s website) describes general headings for agencies to design “evidence-based models” for “home visitation.” Some are extremely broad, including such things as “Child development and school readiness,” “social-emotional development,” “Prevention of child injuries,” and “Parenting skills.”

This has led one concerned lawyer to warn, “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.”

To the extent that this is true—and I believe it is—it is truly alarming. But what we need to recognize is even more alarming yet:

“Home visiting programs” already exist, and already operate daily throughout this country, and have done so for years. It is not a creation of ObamaCare. It is the existing social services system. It is connected to many other government agencies, including the public school system.

This new program is a classic federal buy-off: the federal government is merely creating a grant program as a trade-off. Already existing agencies can choose to take the money if they agree to the new provisions. And since most of these local agencies (Child Protective Services, School Boards, Social Workers, etc.) are run by liberals (or in conservative locales, a combination of liberals and crypto-conservatives), they will gladly take the money, gladly compete to get the money, and will more than gladly implement such provisions. They will more than gladly “visit” people’s homes as they wish endowed with their new money and new powers, paid for by you.

This is not merely some new overreach of government brought to you by Barack Obama. This is our own entrenched state and local greed and larceny in the heart in action. It is ObamaCare-funded, but it will be enabled by the millions of conservatives who believe in and use public schools, who believe in the existence of state-run Child Services and social work to even just some degree.

Once you legitimize socialism, it will grow and eventually consume you. Since conservatives by the millions continue to legitimize it, they should not be shocked when the socialistic institutions they support—or at the very least refuse to oppose—eventually come back to bite them.

While even the HHS document itself calls this particular expansion “an unprecedented opportunity,” it is nevertheless only such an opportunity “for collaboration and partnership at the Federal, State, and community levels.” In fact, this provision exists to “to award Development Grants to States that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts.” And the document notes that “coordination of services with other agencies has been an essential characteristic of State and local programs for many years.”

This is a classic example of what I have been talking about for some time: “don’t take the cheese.” If you don’t want to be in the trap, don’t take the cheese. Public education and “for the children” programs have been the cheese since the 1830s.

The response to this is not merely to complain about ObamaCare. The real problem lies in your own back yard—indeed, in many cases, in your own bed. The solution lies there, too, or at least the beginning of it.

Growing numbers of people are already awake, and already getting out of bed. Freedom from the problem of the total socialist takeover of our families and communities will require concerted, systematic, sustained, grass-roots opposition and replacement of the socialist-funded nightmares with free-market alternatives.

Following the status quo will mean continuing the slide into a fully liberal-progressive society. That decline is the status quo. This means being a mere conservative at this point is essentially to be a liberal. If the alternatives of freedom are not created and fought for in a radical and activist way, tyranny will continue to grow and devour our families and children. A generation of conservative children will be turned into liberals, and the conservatives will only have themselves to blame.

And we will see the daughters of conservatives presidents calling for Hillary to run for president. Oops, that’s already happened.

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Dr. Joel McDurmon

Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. in Theology from Pretoria University, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored seven books and also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision's staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and four sons live in Dallas, Georgia.

20 Responses to “Forced” home visits: Obamacare is not the real problem

  1. Thomas says:

    We have to get rid of the Prevailing Wage Laws. Typically it takes the money out of the Taxpayer,s pocket. read the “Forgotten Man” by Amity Schael.

    Establish “The Right To Work” Law. This would forbid having to join a Union for a Job.

    Do not allow School Teachers teaching the Children to pray to Obama. He is not a God…

    Obama is a wanta be Dictator. And he almost is there…

  2. Shelli TraVIS-Mona says:

    It calls for people to contact your representative of your state, county and city to help Defund Obamacare! Obamacare has been passed, it just needs funding to supply the monies to implement it into action. That’s where we come in to help our representatives understand we don’t want Obamacare at all; 1.) for these STUPID un-constitutional visits, amongst other very un-constitutional violations that have been instilled upon the American people from this administration. If your Representatives doesn’t listen to help defund the stupidest socialist stunt in U.S. history, they don’t get re-elected next term, simple as that.

  3. Michael Paul Tuuri says:

    Of course, the magistrate does have a positive duty to intervene where children are being abused. This has been the position of the common law for centuries. The problem is, the definition of “abused” should be strictly tied to the Scriptures, and not to the socialist agenda. The way it is now, the State has defined “abuse” as anything that stands in the way of the child being a “good citizen”, whatever that is. It appears to be a matronly inclination, but what we are discovering is that Big Mother is really Big Brother in drag.

  4. E A Cole says:

    What many may not realize is how aggressively and actively these ‘home visits’ are being pursued. I have no children or vets or any other ‘qualifying’ individuals in my home and yet have been phoned at least four times, the caller saying they are from some government agency and asking if I have small children, etc. , etc. , etc, in my home.

    Of course, they try to make it sound as if you must reply to them (because they are from the government) and that you are not properly taking care of your children unless you cooperate with them. My point is they are not just calling homes with children–they are calling everyone.

    I have also received phone calls from a local doctors office (it was a wrong number) in which they left a message for a parent telling them it was past time to come in for a child’s shots.

    This is just one reason why healthcare is such a pivotal issue–it is their foot in the door for practically any and every issue and area of life that the government wants to control.

  5. Ban together says:

    Many of you keep talking about using weapons to get people to listen.

    The only thing these people listen to is money,

    If we all banned together and spent our savings for a free america, and foungth with all we own. this will get peoples attention.

    • CAMRAWBUF says:

      Are you suggesting we pay them off, under the table type thing to ‘keep something secret?
      NEVER TRUST ANYONE! You’ll learn by experience I guess.

  6. 57girl says:

    I just went to a rally in Richmond, Virginia today sponsored by American’s for Prosperity. They had a nice little crowd. People have got to gather and show our faces in protest of this bill in all of its facets. Here again, these forced home visits are treading on our fourth Amendment rights. Why do we keep allow the Government THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING FOR US, bully us? It’s time they were put back in their place. Although,to be honest, I think the best way to defund Obamacare is to abolish the Federal Reserve altogether. Congress would have to set a budget if we used ‘real money’ with ‘real backing’, issued DIRECTLY from the US Mint (interest free).

  7. Richard West says:

    Molon Labe ……………..Enough said!

  8. Bill ruppert says:

    Joel: Regarding your final comment, “And we will see the daughters of conservatives presidents calling for Hillary to run for president. Oops, that’s already happened.”

    Obviously you’re referring to Bush II’s daughters.

    How in the world did you arrive at the idea that George W. Bush is/was a conservative?

  9. DEE says:

    As Sony said, “Let me introduce you to my little friend”

  10. Sgt York says:

    someone is bound to get hurt over this stupidity.

  11. Brian says:

    People underestimate the importance of local elections, but I assure you the socialist/leftist does not. In my county a wealthy doctor became so disgusted he ran for office. The media and the left screamed bloody murder that the doctor was trying to “buy the election”.as he had committed to spending $25,000. Government unions and business interests spent $250,000 defeating the doctor..

    • 57girl says:

      Do you still have faith in the legitimacy of the elections, locally, or otherwise? I don’t.
      Especially when some precincts vote count tallied in excess of 100%. How does that legitimately happen?

      • Rockstar says:

        @ 57girl
        Yes, I agree. Now that electronic voting machines are in many states with more to come before 2014, It will be impossible to trust voting totals that have no paper trail along with machines that can be rigged internally to switch a vote without any indication of it showing up on the viewer screen. many counties in many states had tens of thousands of voters beyond what the population was for those counties.
        Too many counties also had 100% of all votes go to Obama, that’s not possible without fraud, Even the most liberal counties in America have at least a small percentage of votes going against the democrat.

      • Brian says:

        You’re right. A few years back I received a notice that I had to re- register to vote since I had not voted in five years. I had in fact never missed a vote. The problem was that my voting place was a union hall.

      • CAMRAWBUF says:

        I have no faith in the voting system what-so-ever since Obama’s win, second term. I had questions about it his first term, but the second term, what a joke about the amount of space between the win from Obama and Romney. Call it cheating, whether by using dead people, and IN FACT knowing he purposely delayed the Armed Forces overseas mail-in voting cards so they would not make the voting day to be counted.

  12. Mark Dove says:

    “American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition.” – Dabney

    • CAMRAWBUF says:

      Some Conservatism may follow Radicalism, but if Conservatism is back by the Bible, there is no room for Radical behavior if following the way of Christ Jesus.

  13. Christopher Lee says:

    Good words. Please keep this up.

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