Obama’s Brown Shirts are coming for your kids

swat teamAccording to at least six different reports I have personally read there’s a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will force you to allow government agents to enter your home and grade your parenting. You may lose your children at gunpoint, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

There’s just one itty bitty issue. No provision for this circumstance exists in the Affordable Care Act.

Regardless of how many times you or I have read otherwise, it just ain’t so. But I’m not going to stand on ceremony. Let’s tear open the “Affordable Care Act: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program” and attack it piece by piece.

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See what it really says and let you make up your own mind.


Program Name: “Affordable Care Act: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program”

Created On: 8/17/2011

Estimated Project Start Date: 9/30/2012

The name here is a bit of a misnomer. See, the “program” created was actually an expansion of grant programs for systems already in place. For example, Florida’s Healthy Start program, which literally lists the same criteria, has been around since 1991.

A few more pertinent facts:

  • The grant program detailed in the ACA had a submission deadline of last August. Since at least the year 2000 pregnant women have been asked to sign a document tied to the healthy start program either accepting or refusing exactly the sort of “services” listed in the ACA provision.
  • In 2011 86% of pregnant women in FL signed to accept services if available. To my knowledge none of them ended up with a SWAT team at their door.
  • Legislatively, the provision is an amendment to the Social Security Act, Title V. It is about funding, not enforcement of any kind.

Here are the express purposes of the program in question:

  • The purpose of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Competitive Grant program is to award Development Grants to States that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts.
  • The explicit purpose of these amendments is to offer more money for programs that cannot meet current demand. Still nothing about banging down your door.
  • The funding provided will add to the funding already provided to States and territories to support the quality implementation of home visiting programs.
  • The current home visiting programs, like Healthy Start in Florida, are not compulsory. There is absolutely no provision for forced intrusion in this provision.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, approximately $12,000,000 will be available to support competitive Development Grants to eligible States and jurisdictions under the MIECHV program. $125,000,000 will be awarded on a formula basis to grantees funded under HRSA-11-187 for the MIECHV program. Successful applicants will be awarded FY 2012 competitive Development Grant funds, in addition to the FY2012 MIECHV formula based funds.

This paragraph just states how much money will be available. Or, technically, was available last year. Again, this is not a new program. The expanded grant program has been available for more than a year now. Examples of how some states are already using this or identical programs can be found here, here and here.

Successful applicants will give priority to providing services to the following populations: 

  • Eligible families who reside in communities in need of such services, as identified in the statewide needs assessment required under subsection
  • Low-income eligible families
  • Eligible families who are pregnant women who have not attained age 21
  • Eligible families that have a history of child abuse or neglect or have had interactions with child welfare services
  • Eligible families that have a history of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment
  • Eligible families that have users of tobacco products in the home
  • Eligible families that are or have children with low student achievement
  • Eligible families with children with developmental delays or disabilities
  • Eligible families who, or that include individuals who, are serving or formerly served in the Armed Forces

This paragraph prioritizes how the funds can be distributed. Which individual families get first dibs on the services they request. Repeat, services they REQUEST. Here are the programs areas of emphasis. This dictates the various areas of the program in which these funds can be invested.

  • Improvements in maternal, child, and family health
  • Effective implementation and expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs or systems with fidelity to the evidence-based model selected
  • Development of statewide or multi-State home visiting programs
  • Development of comprehensive early childhood systems that span the prenatal-through-age-eight continuum
  • Outreach to high-risk and hard-to-engage populations
  • Development of a family-centered approach to home visiting
  • Outreach to families in rural or frontier areas
  • The development of fiscal leveraging strategies to enhance program sustainability

Again, these goals are to be achieved after successful applications. Applications that have ALREADY been processed and grants that have ALREADY been awarded

fact check

The bottom line? If you read an article referencing the “Affordable Care Act: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program” and stating/inferring/suggesting that the government could/would/was about to kick in your door …

The writer of that article lied to you.

Perhaps that writer never read the law or bothered to research the issue. He or she simply puked up what he or she saw somewhere else. That’s the journalistic equivalent of publishing something you read on the bathroom wall.

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The motivation is solely to generate clicks. This procedure is called click baiting. It is common among “black hat” Internet marketers. People pay to attend seminars to learn how to best lie to you for clicks.

Bloggers use it because it works. And bloggers at “news” sites such as Examiner.com only get paid when you click and read. So they are motivated to be as salacious and terrifying as possible with their political or social commentary.

But before you get too angry, ask yourself this: when you saw the article and it ticked you off…did you ever stop to actually read the law?

Because, as it turned out, those weren’t Brown Shirts after all. Those are just Girl Scouts. Hopefully they have Thin Mints. Those things are awesome.



Here is a list of sites I found that lied to you about this provision. I’m listing them here so you know whom not to trust. 

  • examiner.com
  • Joshua Cook (SC politician)
  • freepatriot.org
  • freedomoutpost.com
  • medicaldaily.com
  • mrconservative.com

I’m also issuing an open opportunity for rebuttal to any site or blogger I just called out. You lied to good, honest, hardworking Americans who are just trying to do right by their kids.

Explain yourself.


PPS: Here is a list of external links for more information:

US Department of Health

Social Security Administration

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

List of related Benchmark Plans from Minnesota Department of Health (an example)

The California program actually encourages home education


“I am a storyteller. Fortunately, that is also what I get paid to do.” - E. Adam Porter President of Atlas Multimedia Productions, a print and digital writing and editing service and the founder of AtlasProWriter.com. First published at the age of 20, Adam has been writing professionally ever since. He is the author of several books and his byline has appeared in hundreds of published newspaper and magazine articles.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Lewis Neidhardt says:

    Kudos for this article, Adam. I’ve seen these blogs you refer to and have wondered how they get away with repeatedly spewing out falsehoods, rumors, and just plane BS. Visiting nurses, which is one of the services this section is about, is very cost effective and provides maintenance care for people who have difficulty leaving the house. I’ve been married to two nurses, one of whom did in-home hospice evaluations, and neither ever dressed in SWAT gear, no matter how much I asked.

  2. Alan says:

    Great job buddy! I just had something similar about how all Congress has exempted themselves from Obamacare! This came from what should have been a trusted source that holds the attention of thousands of people for investments and trusts! I found the information clearly explained in snopes.com why this hasn’t happened and why the law at present says it can’t!

    So again, it’s applying that old “fear” tactic that people would rather FWD: than take the time to investigate. It’s the “Chicken Little” syndrome we are dealing with here.

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