Calls Needed: Government Home Visitations in the Health Care Reform Bill
We have previously encouraged you to call your U.S. representative and urge him or her to oppose the health care reform bill that is heading toward a vote in the U.S. House. We urge you to continue your calls. It is very likely that the U.S. House will vote on the health care reform bill this week.
HSLDA is aware of the high cost of health insurance and the problems this creates for individuals, families and businesses. HSLDA’s mission leaves us neutral on the issue of health care reform in general. However, HSLDA believes that the current health care reform legislation in Congress poses a serious threat to parental rights and homeschool freedom.
The problem is found in Section 2951 on page 568 of this 2,074-page bill. This section is titled Maternal, Infant, And Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs, and will create a federal grant program to fund state home visitation programs. Under the terms of this program, government officials, including social workers, will be able to visit the homes of certain families "in order to promote improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, child health and development, parenting related to child development outcomes, school readiness, and the socio-economic status of such families, and reductions in child abuse, neglect, and injuries."
The home visitation program in the health care reform bill is voluntary. However, all the details of the home visitation programs are open to being politically influenced by government bureaucrats who may think that they know more about parenting than do parents. They may pressure parents to adopt child-rearing methods that are against the family's religious beliefs. Home visitation officials may even threaten families with abuse and neglect investigations if the families do not choose to follow the official parenting education models.
And fundamentally, HSLDA believes that the federal government has no constitutional authority to fund and oversee home visitation programs and parenting classes. Once the federal government gets a foot into the door of families’ homes, will it ever stop?
These home visitations are the reason why HSLDA is opposing the health care reform bill.
You can reach your U.S. representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or toll-free at 866-220-0044. You can find your U.S. representative by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.
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I know that the health care system is messed up but I think there needs to be more time spent on figuring out how to fix it and not rushing through it. I think it's better to take our time and fix things than rush through them and mess things up more. This is not an anti-Obama or anti-liberal rant on my part, I just want us all to have the freedoms we are entitled to as Americans. For me, that is less government interference in my life. I believe government is good and has it's place - but it should not be in control of my life. That would be a dictatorship. And I think we know how good those are... (See Parade's World's Worst Dictators for more info.)
I want to know that when I choose to homeschool my child that there won't be interference from the government telling me what I am allowed to do or telling me that I'm not raising my child right. I don't want myself, or any other parent to face criminal charges (neglect or otherwise) for simply choosing to raise their children differently. Yes, there are cases where children are neglected or taken out of school and not homeschooled but that doesn't mean that everyone that chooses to homeschool is that way. That's like saying, "All young mothers don't know how to raise their children because they're young so we need to take their children away from them." (I am NOT saying they're going to do that - that was just a exaggerated explanation.) I went through and read the part they mentioned in the health care bill and after my brain stopped exploding from all the legal-ese, I saw that so much was left up to interpretation. The whole bill is like that really - or so it seems to me. I am by no means wanting to start an argument and if this turns out to be nothing to do with homeschooling or if it truly is voluntary and doesn't affect anyone badly, then I will be very glad and admit that I was wrong. But as it is, it doesn't seem to be that way and I am entitled to voice my opinion. Please feel free to leave your opinions and thoughts on this issue in the comments.