Dem congressman predicts a “middle ground” ruling by SCOTUS in the COVID mandates case

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) just predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to find a “middle ground” in its decision regarding the legality of two of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. 

Cartwright’s comments came during a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Live.”

“It seemed likely that they are going to try to find some kind of middle ground, Mike, you know, where only companies that get money from Medicare and Medicaid, or maybe health care operations, can be subject to an OSHA mandate like that,” Cartwright said.

“I do expect them to reach some kind of middle ground like that, but the bottom line is go out and get vaccinated,” he added.

A “split ruling”

In addition to Cartwright, Harmeet Dhillon, a civil rights attorney who is representing a client in the case before the Supreme Court, offered her opinion that the court will reach issue a “split ruling.”

“I think there may be a split ruling out of the court,” Dhillon said. “I think on the case…challenging the large employer mandate, it looks to me like we have five or six votes to enjoin that order.”

“But,” Dhillon added, “on the one regarding medical facilities, because the order is tied to federal funding, I think there are some different arguments there and the justices seem more likely to uphold that OSHA mandate on medical facilities.”

Dhillon also predicted that, should the court strike down both mandates, “there will be many states, probably New York, California, and other states, that decide it’s within their power to order this type of thing and we will have a fresh round of litigation over it.”

Background

Last Friday, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case in which two of Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandates are being challenged.

One of the mandates is the one that Biden tasked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with implementing. It requires employers with more than 100 employees to force these employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus to undergo regular testing and to mask up. The other vaccine mandate that is being challenged is that one for those who work at health care facilities that received Medicare and Medicaid funding.

Based on the way oral arguments went, with the court’s conservative majority seeming to argue against the legality of the mandates, many are expecting the court to block both mandates.

A decision has yet to be rendered, but one is expected any time now given the gravity of the matter.

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