The Washington Times - January 4, 2010, 01:27PM

Leaders on the hill have decided that the  health care reform bill should go into the business of personal relationship advice. According to the health care bill passed by the Senate before Christmas Eve, taxpayers will foot the bill for “personal responsibility education” programs.

Personal responsibility programs are detailed in the Senate health care bill (p.602) to incorporate both contraception methods and abstinence teaching, as well as “adulthood preparation” programs. The adulthood preparation program topics described in the health care bill range from “positive self-esteem” to dating, friendships, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions. In fact, in a twist of irony coming from federal lawmakers, instructions in handling finances is included in this kind of tax payer funded program.:

9 ‘‘(C) ADULTHOOD PREPARATION SUB

10 JECTS.—The adulthood preparation subjects de

11 scribed in this subparagraph are the following:

12 ‘‘(i) Healthy relationships, such as

13 positive self-esteem and relationship dynam

14 ics, friendships, dating, romantic involve

15 ment, marriage, and family interactions.

16 ‘‘(ii) Adolescent development, such as

17 the development of healthy attitudes and

18 values about adolescent growth and develop

19 ment, body image, racial and ethnic diver

20 sity, and other related subjects.

21 ‘‘(iii) Financial literacy.

22 ‘‘(iv) Parent-child communication.

23 ‘‘(v) Educational and career success,

24 such as developing skills for employment

25 preparation, job seeking, independent liv-

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1 ing, financial self-sufficiency, and work

2 place productivity.

3 ‘‘(vi) Healthy life skills, such as goal

4 setting, decision making, negotiation, com

5 munication and interpersonal skills, and

6 stress management.

7 ‘‘(c) RESERVATIONS OF FUNDS.—

8 ‘‘(1) GRANTS TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE STRAT

9 EGIES.—From the amount appropriated under sub

10 section (f) for the fiscal year, the Secretary shall re

11 serve $10,000,000 of such amount for purposes of

12 awarding grants to entities to implement innovative

13 youth pregnancy prevention strategies and target

14 services to high-risk, vulnerable, and culturally under

15 represented youth populations, including youth in fos

16 ter care, homeless youth, youth with HIV/AIDS, preg

nant women who are under 21 years of age and their

18 partners, mothers who are under 21 years of age and

19 their partners, and youth residing in areas with high

20 birth rates for youth. An entity awarded a grant

21 under this paragraph shall agree to participate in a

22 rigorous Federal evaluation of the activities carried

23 out with grant funds.

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