The ‘Forced Home Inspections’ in Obamacare Law

New reports are finding that President Obama’s take over of our healthcare system with his Obamacare law will give the government the right to force “inspections” on millions of American homes and your guns may be one of the factors causing a “forced” inspection.

Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website details the “Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program” which give the government the right to invade any home of families Obama deems is a “high-risk” home.

One of the criteria of an “high-risk” home is the presence of firearms, according to a manual published by HHS in 2006.

According to Freedom Outpost other markers of a “high-risk” home are:

  • 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.

Constitutional attorney and author Kent Masterson Brown has said:

“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.”

Of course, part of Obamacare will require massive data collection of all Americans giving Obama more power over our lives than any President has ever had.

Recently Rep. Bill Chumley (R, SC) introduced H.3101, a bill that would nullify parts of Obamacare. Freedom Outpost notes that, “The bill would give the state attorney general the authority to authorize law enforcement to arrest federal agents for trespassing. It would make forced home inspections under Obamacare illegal in South Carolina. It passed in the House but died in the senate.”

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  • jim_m

    The forced inspection list reads like a list of enemies of the leftist state, which is what it essentially is. Remember this is just where they thought is was safe to start.

    • Brucehenry
      • jim_m

        Yes of course and we should all believe that obamacare will not result in a faceless bureaucratic committee deciding who gets what end of life treatment too. (Which is of course exactly what it mandates but fascists like Bruce refuse to admit)

        We were also told that the government would not use its power to confiscate guns from people yet it is doing exactly that with former military who have ever sought counseling regardless of whether or not thhey are actually deemed a threat to themselves or others.

        We were also told that the Patriot act would not be used to spy on US citizens but that is what it is now primarily being used to do.

        We were also told that the IRS scandal was only 2 people in the Ohio office but we know that the trail leads directly to the chief counsel’s office and more likely the oval office.

        We were also told that the Benghazi attack was over a video when the WH already knew it was a coordinated terrorist attack.

        So by all means we should believe you when you tell us to believe the admin on all these things and we should believe you on this one as well.

        • Brucehenry

          And faceless bureaucratic committees have not determined who gets what end of life care for lo these many years, in Jim’s fantasy America.

          • jim_m

            No they don’t. My insurance can choose not to preapprove some treatments but I can always choose to pay for them myself and people do. Under obamacare that freedom will not likely be available.

          • 914

            Not fantasy.. ObamaCare was ” NEVER” READ!!

            Hell of a fantasy, fantasy you got going on there Brewster..

          • GarandFan

            Try suing a bureaucrat Brucie. Insurance companies still have that as well as the bad publicity hanging over their heads. Bureacrats could care less.

          • jim_m

            Indeed. We used to have a list of lawyers that patients could select from in the case that the insurance company denied their bone marrow transplant (many of the therapies were considered experimental and some have been discontinued since then). The patients never lost a suit. Never.

            But bureaucrats have sovereign immunity and cannot be sued and the appeals process goes through their bureaucracy so it is essentially the people who denied you justifying why they did so.

          • LiberalNightmare

            “the other side does it too” is to an argument like a wet fart is to a healthy dump.

          • Bird666


      • jim_m

        I will also note that you link to a BS Wonkette criticism of Gateway pundit, where Warner’s link does not go to that site. Obviously you didn’t bother to click through and you didn’t bother to read the material at the link.

        Once again we see you providing cover for the suppression of liberty. I find it interesting that the only Chico comment that you fail to vote up in months is one where he comes out in favor of personal liberty and you find it perfectly natural to equate reading the bible with murder.

        I suggest you go back on your meds.

        • Commander_Chico

          Please keep track of our up votes, jim.

          I would like a full audit at the end of the year.

  • 914

    This 4 years will not end well.

    • Depends on your definition of ‘well’. For Obama, it’ll end well. Same with Reid and Pelosi – they’re fucking set for life even if they were to walk away from their jobs tomorrow.

      Their elite friends are taken care of too – they’ve got no worries.

      The rest of us? We’ll just have to deal with the repercussions. But then, it’s not like WE matter – we’re just props and spear carriers in the stories of their lives, disposable and faceless… with the emphasis on ‘disposable’.

      • 914

        Agreed! This 4 years will not end well…. For us!

  • Michael Lang

    The inner brownshirt in Brucie Henry must be bubbling with excitement over this.

  • LiberalNightmare

    So, as a vet with two foreign deployments, and an occasional pipe smoker my home would be deemed “high risk”.

    Nice to know where I stand with my government.

    • Vagabond661

      You are a high risk to your government, not to the law abiding citizens.

  • Commander_Chico

    Since the Fourth Amendment definitively bars “forced home inspections” without a warrant, hard to see how any mere regulation would give the “government the right to force inspections.” Especially when the regulation does not say “inspections,” and the door-knockers are not government employees.

    Looks like standard social-worker door-knocking stuff to me. Recent veterans with multiple deployments to the wars and PTSD or employment problems might welcome some outreach help.

    Like the 25 year old social workers doing this kind of thing are going to be kicking down doors like your local SWAT team does everyday on drug raids!

    There is a risk that the door-knocking could lead to SWAT teams kicking down doors if the social workers talk to the police. But that’s true of the Postal Service, UPS and the Fuller Brush man, too, if they are ratting out people they visit.

    But this is nothing compared to NSA – which no editors have posted about on Wizbang. If they are storing your phone calls, emails, and internet browsing, they don’t need to “inspect” your house.

    • Well, when you’ve got a SWAT-like raid on an animal shelter with an illegal fawn… which they then proceed to kill because it’s illegal to keep a deer in captivity, it’s not a far stretch to imagine a SWAT-like response when some offended bureaucrat who gets told “Mind your own business” and the door slammed in their face decides to ‘teach a lesson’ to the community as a whole.

      Hell, even HuffPo is starting to realize things have gone overboard.

      When you start to lose the free writers at HuffPo, you’re losing the left.

      • Commander_Chico

        You’re right, it’s not too far a stretch to imagine that. The police are out of control. But the police are also usually at loggerheads with the types of non-profit poverty agencies which would get these grants. So would they talk to each other? You might also have an overreaction against people who forcefully objected to the visit (perhaps fired up by Warner and his ilk). Someone shoves a social worker, or brandishes a gun, and the SWAT will be there.

        Some people do need help and it wouldn’t be too bad for them to get a visit really willing and able to help. Whether this could honestly work in today’s America, I don’t know.

        Thinking about it more, I don’t think the “home inspection” is the most objectionable thing about this plan. That’s just really agitprop.

        What’s bad about it is this: I’ve done local political campaign organizing, state legislature and municipal council. And one thing I’ve seen with incumbents, is how they use non-profit poverty agencies – not the agencies themselves, that would be too blatant – but the leadership and staffs of those non-profits.

        The people working for the agencies have the knowledge of the precincts and the people, and have influence because they have done things for people. When the incumbent who’s helped them get the grant calls, are they going to say no? No way. So the staffs of the non-profits round up the voters – on their own time, of course – for the incumbent.

        So this could be one big voter ID campaign as much as anything else.

        What privatization is to the right, non-profits are to the left – both produce auxiliary organizations to their political operations.

        • Never underestimate the vindictiveness of an unelected bureaucrat.

        • Shad_ow

          You don’t have to comply to an inspection if there is no warrant Chico. Of course if you don’t, then the government doesn’t have to approve any healthcare requests or needs you may have. See how that works?

          • Commander_Chico

            People on welfare have been living with this kind of thing – social worker visits – for years, you just found that out?

          • Shad_ow

            So? They are free to refuse welfare, we are not going to be free from the Obamacare requirement. It will lead to single payer, they have admitted that is the goal. This is tyranny and you know it. Why do you defend it?

          • Jwb10001

            And are you in favor of these visits? WWGJD (What Would Gary Johnson Do)

          • Commander_Chico

            If you’re getting government money for being dysfunctional in some way, either you need help, or you need a check to make sure you’re not spending all your money on booze and meth rather than on food for your kids. Either way, the social worker pays a call.

  • You righties are simply nuts. Try reading the link. The program exists now and is state run. This is for a grant to assist states to expand this program focused on education and assistance to folks who need it. It also includes veteran families. It is also not forced or mandatory. Try loosening those tinfoil hats a bit!

    • Jwb10001

      That don’t make it right, you lefties are nuts can’t stand people living their own lives without you sticking your nose in our business.

      • Jo

        It exists now, there is no evidence of any impact despite studies. If you believe this is a pleasant educational program, I suggest you volunteer for ‘help’ from child serivices

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  • This, ”forced home inspections” story is bogus.

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”), at Page 221, specifies that MIECHV grant applicants shall provide “Assurances that the entity will establish procedures to ensure that the participation of each eligible family in the program is voluntary.”