Marybeth Hicks

“It isn’t meant to only reform our health care system,” he says. “It’s meant to remold it entirely. And in that way, you can imagine that the law of unintended consequences may take over. It will inject larger bureaucracies into all aspects of health care – ALL aspects – and in that regard this bill definitely does impact choice.”

Dr. Herrick warns of “mission creep” in the legislation, too. Ideas such as voluntary home visitor programs, meant to fund state-based parenting and child development education for underserved populations, may ultimately promote state sponsored “best practices” in parenting our children.

Um… Welcome to Stepford, everyone, where all the children are healthy and happy because the government makes it so.

Given President Obama’s recent comment about doctor’s money motives behind tonsillectomies, perhaps he would have eliminated our option to have the surgery that caused us such worry all those years ago. But in reality, given the risks, no doctor does this surgery anymore unless it’s absolutely necessary – and no parent would allow it, either, if it weren’t needed.

Every mom or dad waiting outside a surgical suite or watching a hospital monitor measuring a child’s every labored breath will attest that our interest in the well being of our children is God-given and supreme. As such, our roles in their care must be respected.

But you won’t find any language like that in the thousand-plus pages of HR 3200.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).