Obamacare Provision: Mandatory Home Inspections

Reuters of course reported on it like it was a great thing. They looked at some study that spanned 20 years that showed that home visits improve “at-risk” families, specifically those families with pre-maturely born babies and Down syndrome kids.

“Home visits by nurses or other trained health professionals can improve the development of preterm infants, parenting and the home environment, according to a new review of recent research… The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has set aside funding for home visiting programs for at-risk families to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies born prematurely… There are 400 such programs currently providing care to at least 500,000 U.S. families, largely funded by state and local governments.”

What the Reuters article doesn’t mention is all those families who will be considered “at-risk.” Here are some other criteria under Obamacare that could be used against you to justify a “home inspection” by a local, state or federal government official:

  • Low-income families.
  • Families with pregnant women who have not attained age 21.
  • Families that have a history of child abuse or neglect or have had interactions with child welfare services.
  • Families that have a history of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment.
  • Families that have users of tobacco products in the home.
  • Families that are or have children with low student achievement.
  • Families with children with developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Families who, or that include 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 of the United States.

That seems to cover pretty much everybody these days. About 44 million adults smoke. Millions more kids are diagnosed with fake diseases like ADD/ADHD, which would put them under “developmental delays or disabilities.” And if you serve in the military, that means you’re putting your family at risk and need visits from government officials to make sure everyone is safe. And are homeschooled kids considered to have “low student achievement?”

Constitutional attorney and author Kent Masterson Brown showed how these criteria could easily be twisted to justify any “home inspection”:

“This 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. 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. Although the Obama administration would claim the provision applies only to Medicaid families, the new statute, by its own definition, has no such limitation. 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.”

Just another mandate from Obamacare, which will be enforced to “protect the children.”