Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
"Nanny State" laws are overprotective regulations that inhibit personal freedom or personal choice. Such laws are introduced with the false rationale that people need to be told what to do for their own good. The term "Nanny State" is of British origin and first appeared in print in 1965.
It seems that the group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, is at the heart of much of the state GOP's mega-overreach. Whether it is the John Doe-II campaign coordination scandal, the emergency jam-through of so-called "Right-to-Work", or the recent coup-d'etat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, WMC is right in the middle of the action.
The state legislature is in session. The far-right overreach of the GOP-dominated Assembly and Senate is beyond belief. Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear about another assault on the middle class, an insult to the poor, or an affront to your rights. As Wisconsin Citizens, it is important to keep an eye on what your elected officials are doing to you and for you. The Wisconsin State Legislature website is excellent for following and understanding the bills under consideration.
Senator Ron Johnson has called the Affordable Care Act "the greatest assault on our freedom in our lifetime". Unfortunately for Mr. Johnson, the ACA has been a rousing success. Since implementation, the ranks of the uninsured have dropped by 13.4 million people, a 35% cut. The annual increase in the cost of medical insurance has dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. Surveys show that customers purchasing insurance through the exchanges are very satisfied with their coverage.
I don't get much opportunity to praise the Wisconsin legislature. The gang that rushed through Right-to-Freeload, voted to turn the Penokee Hills into Penokee Canyon, and defunded public education has not taken many actions worthy of acclaim. However, today I would like to point-out a bill that has passed both houses and is actually good for us all. It is one of those rare substantive bills that has strong bipartisan support. State Senate Bill 18 bans use of plastic microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter medicines.