The Uneducated and Their Assumptions
So, this is what I found on my facebook this morning. My cousin had shared someone’s status who is basically bitching about one of the new laws that has been enacted supposedly through Obamacare as of “October 1, 2013”. The original post is as follows (names have been excluded for privacy):
Even your children belong to the government. Under Obamacare, on October 1, 2013, CPS field agents, armed with a manual published by Human Health and Services and codified under Obamacare will begin operating under the power granted to them by Obamacare. Subsequently, they will be able to conduct forced home visits without a warrant. Things such as a (yet undefined) bad grade, missing more than 5 days in school in any one month, can get a parent to be declared guilty of educational neglect. Having a gun or beer in your house can get your children removed from your custody. Even the traditional act of grounding your child for misbehavior will get you declared to be guilty of “isolation neglect” and subject your child for removal from your authority and your home. If you are a parent and you have not heard of this provision of Obamacare, I would suggest you read the 110 page manual that was created by the United Nations. This is the HHS/CPS field manual that goes into effect this week!
I did some basic research on this because it didn’t sound right. So… Here are the facts:
1. States receive Federal money that happen to have stipulations on them. Nothing comes with no strings attached. Especially when it comes to the Federal Government.
2. States who receive this particular grant are then required to do home visits. How is that any different than someone reporting child abuse and CPS going to do a surprise visit? Not really.
3. This DOES NOT include the everyday person. Who does it affect? Well, here’s a list:
” a. Low-income eligible families.
b. Eligible families who are pregnant women who have not attained age 21.
c. Eligible families that have a history of child abuse or neglect or have had interactions with child welfare services.
d. Eligible families that have a history of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment.
e. Eligible families that have users of tobacco products in the home.
f. Eligible families that are or have children with low student achievement.
g. Eligible families with children with developmental delays or disabilities.
h. Eligible 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” (4).
4. So what about “Things such as a [(YET UNDEFINED)]bad grade, missing more than 5 days in school in any one month”? (original) Well, yes and no. If your child gets a single bad grade or even a couple over the course of the year, the government isn’t going to come to your home banging on your door asking why Johnny got a D in Algebra. BUT, If your child continues to do poorly in MOST-ALL classes, there is cause for alarm. A common reason for children not doing well in school is their home environments. When a home is chaotic and the child doesn’t get the proper guidance. I’m unsure about other states but in California, the county has the right to check in on a child if they have missed too much school. California State Law is as follows:
“California’s compulsory education laws require children between six and eighteen years of age to attend school, with a limited number of specified exceptions. Under state law, a pupil who, without a valid excuse, is absent from school for three full days in one school year, or is tardy or absent for more than 30 minutes during the school day on three occasions in one school year, is considered truant. Once a student is designated a truant, state law requires schools, districts, counties, and courts to intervene to ensure that parents and pupils receive certain services to assist them in complying with attendance laws” (2).
So the notion of the government getting involved in your child’s education is not new!
A favorite accusation that is in the original post that I’d like to clear up is, “Having a gun or beer in your house can get your children removed from your custody”. Is this statement true or false? That would be a big fat false! If you are a (and here’s the catch) legal gun owner there isn’t much the government can do to take your children or your gun away! As long as you abide by the law, there isn’t a problem. Now if you are someone that keeps a rifle by the front door, loaded… or a handgun on the coffee table that anyone can pick up and use… there is going to be some questions and could lead to requirements to put the guns in a secure place away from children. Now, beer. What American household has never had a beer in their home in the fridge? As long as the caregiver/parent isn’t handing the kid a bottle and saying, “It’s ok if you have it” there is NO law prohibiting Individuals over the age of 21 to possess and keep alcohol in their home!
My Opinion- People need to stop being so against Obamacare and the president himself. Would we still be trying to undermine, and push out Obamacare if it were a white president that signed it into law? I don’t think so. Our society is full of ignorant, racist bastards… that in all reality, don’t know crap about state laws, federal laws, or even the government in general. People hear what they want to hear! Frankly, that’s just sad. Before you go blabbing your mouth about things you don’t know…. DO RESEARCH! I’m not saying what I have previously written is 100% factual. Nothing can be 100% factual because civilians (the ordinary American people), don’t know everything. READ PEOPLE! Read for yourself about issues that concern you. Ask questions, try to contrast it to things you know to be true. At the end of the day, the answer is normally quite simple if you just think about it. I know it may be hard, but use your brains. That’s what they are there for. Not to just take up space between your ears.
1. “11 Facts About Education and Poverty in America.” Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2013. <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-education-and-poverty-america>.
2. “A Review of California’s Compulsory Education Laws.” California Legislative Analyst’s Office. N.p., Feb. 2004. Web. 6 Oct. 2013. <http://www.lao.ca.gov/2004/compulsory_ed/020304_compulsory_education_laws.htm>.
3. “Funding Cycle View HRSA EHBs.” N.p., 16 July 2013. Web. 6 Oct. 2013. <https://grants3.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?&fCycleID=9E7EA909-4562-4FBE-86DA-D5F383C3ACFB&ViewMode=EU&GoBack=&PrintMode=&OnlineAvailabilityFlag=True&pageNumber=1>.
4. “Obamacare Provision: ‘Forced’ Home Inspections…Well…Yes and No | http://www.independentsentinel.com.”; http://www.independentsentinel.com |. N.p., 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 6 Oct. 2013. <http://www.independentsentinel.com/obamacare-provision-forced-home-inspections-well-yes-and-no/>.