The health care debate is raging, with uproarious town hall shoutfests – er, meetings – and coverage of said meetings dominating the airwaves. So, despite the fact that no health care bill will even be debated in Congress until September, the issue is very much in the ether. And you know what that means: celebrity pontificators.
Famous people have been coming out of the woodwork to share their strongly held beliefs about the merits of health care reform, and the postings generally make for interesting, though not always informative reading.
We’ll start with a posting from a celeb that’s already gotten a bit of attention. We are slightly nervous even mentioning this gentleman in a way that might be perceived as mockery, because he could no doubt decapitate every single member of the MainStreet staff will a single roundhouse kick. So please don’t hate us...
In a lengthy column titled “Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare” on TownHall.com, Mr. Norris vehemently opposes the proposed health care reform, primarily because he believes it will usurp parental rights and responsibilities. He writes:
“Obamacare is about the government's coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development…The bill says that the government agents, 'well-trained and competent staff,' would 'provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional and motor domains ... modeling, consulting and coaching on parenting practices,' and 'skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development.' Are you kidding me?! With whose parental principles and values? Their own? Certain experts'? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques! … Are we to assume the state's mediators would understand every parent's social or religious core values on parenting? Or would they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom?”
If you read on, you’ll find Mr. Norris is incredibly put off by the whole idea of agents of the government coming into people’s homes in general, but he really hates the idea that they’d have a role in child rearing. We’d just like to point out, respectfully, Mr. Norris, sir, that child protective services, a government entity, already inserts itself into families lives. And it seems that the proposal you cite, which is voluntary and targets communities in need, seeks to intervene before things get really bad and requires CPS intervention or worse yet law enforcement. The truth is that some parents, despite the best intentions, kind of suck at parenting. They feed their kids Froot Loops for dinner and plop them down in front of the TV every night instead of talking to them. If these parents are looking for help, we don’t necessarily think that giving it to them is such a horrible idea, Mr. Norris, sir.