BREAKING: SCOTUS Blocks Covid Vaxx Order On Private Business, Keeps Healthcare Mandate
The Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday blocked the federal government’s Covid-19 inoculation mandate for private companies that employ 100 or more employees.
Allowed to stand in the court’s ruling was another part of the mandate that forces the Covid-19 jab on any healthcare workers at facilities that take federal funding. This will be on a nationwide basis and affects a very large portion of healthcare settings, including any that receive funding for Medicare or Medicaid.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provide health insurance for millions of elderly, disabled, and low-income Americans. In November 2021, the Secretary announced that, in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding, participating facilities must ensure that their staff—unless exempt for medical or religious reasons—are vaccinated against COVID–19. 86 Fed. Reg. 61555 (2021). Two District Courts enjoined enforcement of the rule, and the Government now asks us to stay those injunctions. Agreeing that it is entitled to such relief, we grant the applications.An excerpt from the Supreme Court opinion on the health care Covid-19 innoculation mandate.
@SOCTUSblog shared both of the supreme court opinions, which can be found in full at the links below.
The opinion on the workplace vax-or-test policy is here: https://supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a244_hgci.pdf….
The opinion on the health care vaccine mandate is here: https://supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a240_d18e.pdf….
Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, & Kagan all reportedly dissented from the decision to block the vax-or-test rule for workplaces of 100 or more employees. Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, & Barrett, meanwhile, dissented from the decision to allow the health care jab mandate to take effect nationwide. In other words, Justice Kavanaugh could have ended the arguably unconstitutional forced Covid-19 innoculatoin for healthcare workers nationwide who benefit from federal funding, but instead sided the other way with the deciding vote.
The ruling has been long anticipated, likely leaving mixed emotions for Americans regardless of what side of the issue they may fall on.