The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments today in two cases involving controversial Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
Two federal policies are at issue: a vaccine-or-test mandate for workers at large employers (with more than 100 employees), and a vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding.
The federal government is able to wield its power to threaten hospitals and other facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients to bend to its directives and mandates. In this case, if the facilities don't require their employees to get vaccinated, the facilities risk losing millions of dollars in federal taxpayer funds.
Thousands of health care workers have lost their jobs after refusing Covid-19 vaccination due to health reasons, religious objections, belief in free choice and informed consent, or because of worries about the safety, effectiveness and necessity of the vaccines.
In a brief filed by Republican members of Congress, they say the following:
“Congressional members have an interest in the powers they delegate to agencies not being abused—the legislative authority vested in the federal government belongs to Congress, not the Executive branch. In this case, the promulgation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of a sweeping, nationwide vaccine mandate on businesses intrudes into an area of legislative concern far beyond the authority of the agency. And it does so with a mandate enacted through OSHA’s seldom-used ‘emergency temporary standard’ provision that allows for bypass of notice and comment rule-making under certain circumstances."46 Republican Senators and 139 members of the House of Representatives
As more Americans have gotten vaccinated, a record number have gotten Covid-19.
Still, supporters of the vaccine industry say the vaccines are highly-effective.
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