If we aren’t careful, we are going to find ourselves under a totalitarian British style National Health Service, which will make it virtually impossible to do anything without the consent of the government and criminalize anything that might put you in danger. As the Obama administration has already made a historic power grab at healthcare, and Mrs. Obama goes around telling us what we must eat, the administration is now releasing project “Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action” which is touted as a “bold new vision for addressing the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home.”
According to a press release by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home. Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, lead poisoning, result in lost school days for children, as well as lost productivity in the labor force. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated with the home are considerable, and cost billions of dollars.
TheStrategy for Action unifies, for the first time, federal action to advance healthy housing, demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents’ health. It also promotes strategies and methods intended to reduce in-home health hazards in a cost-effective manner.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, ““It is clear that unhealthy and unsafe housing has an impact on the health of millions of people in the United States,which is why we must do everything we can to ensure that individuals and families have a healthy place to call home. Today’s announcement will help the federal government unify action to controlling and preventing major housing-related exposures and hazards.”
“Thanks to unprecedented collaboration across the federal family and among our many partners, we now have a specific plan for action to address radon and other preventable hazards found in homes across the country. This is important progress, especially when you consider that people spend an estimated 70 percent of their time inside a home,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “At EPA we’re committed to ensuring Americans in all communities have healthy places to live, work and play, and the strategy we announced today is a critical step toward reaching that goal.”
“Healthy homes and communities are essential to our quality of life, our productivity, and our economic vitality,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. “Through this plan, Federal agencies have committed to working together to make sure all Americans can count on safe, healthy places to live, grow, and thrive.”
Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Chief of CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch added, “Healthy homes lead to healthier lives. People can take simple steps to protect themselves from health hazards in the home.”
“Energy efficiency and healthy homes are inextricably linked,” explained U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. “We cannot, in good conscience, pursue one in the absence of the other. DOE is committed to ensuring that our efforts towards creating an efficient national housing stock also strive to maximize the health and safety of the families we serve.”
I have a feeling that the tentacles of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) are going to be long reaching, not only with what people consider healthcare, but also winding its way into every facet of our lives including what we eat, what we do and even the type of housing we choose to live in.
There is no doubt this will become another money pit and wasteful program that will simply infringe upon our liberty.
The obvious question is what business does the Federal government have to do with anything that is specifically in state. Housing does not cross State lines and so one wonders what authority the Federal government has in this matter. I would say the Constitution doesn’t give them any authority regarding how healthy people’s homes are. This is just another way that the feds are looking to overstep their bounds into a jurisdiction they are not welcome in.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.