Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Covid Mandate for Businesses, But Allows Rule to Stand for Health Care Workers

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The Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration from implementing a vaccine-or-test mandate on large businesses with a 6-3 majority. The six justices wrote: “OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here.”

The Supreme Court allowed a separate rule to take effect requiring workers in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments from the federal government to take Covid jabs. The court’s 5-4 majority that included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joining the three liberal justices.

The Supreme Court on Thursday stopped the Biden administration from implementing a vaccine-or-test mandate on large businesses, but it did allow a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the country.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court’s conservative majority knocked down the White House’s proposal that all private businesses of 100 employees or more needed to require vaccinations for COVID-19 or subject unvaccinated workers to regular testing. The rule had been challenged by Republican-controlled states and pro-business groups.

“OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here,” wrote the court’s six justices in an unsigned opinion.

The rule had been a cornerstone of President Biden’s efforts to rein in the coronavirus by applying pressure to people who remain unvaccinated. In a statement issued following the ruling, Biden called on individual states and businesses to institute their own safety mandates.

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
1 year ago

What legal precepts did Scotus use in differentiating the lop-sided verdict -i guess Health care workers are of a different species of people?- What absolute
mockery of the execution of the rule os law!

terry shead
terry shead
1 year ago

This is madness, in a minute you will have no staff in the hospitals.

Fastt Ed
Fastt Ed
1 year ago

In the Constitution, there is no mention of a “Supremes” court.
They all need to be un-employed and jailed. Especially the 2 chubby ones.