Proposal for Gov't Home Visitation Sparks Concern

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The government's desire to teach parenting skills has also become an important issue of the healthcare debate.
Language in the the House's 1,000-page measure calls for home visitation programs to teach parenting to young families.

A portion of the bill reads, "The state shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families or a high incidence of child maltreatment."

Critics charge that child protective services already oversee potential parental abuse.  They fear government-trained parent experts will clash with many parents' core beliefs about raising their children.

"The federal government doesn't hold the key to parenting success, and creating a new home visitation program would further increase the federal role in preschool education," wrote Linsey Burke, of the Heritage Foundation. "Just one more reason for parents to be concerned about what's actually in the health care bill."

Source: The Washington Examiner

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