More than 100 GOP House members send letter opposing Biden’s health worker vaccine mandate

A group of more than 100 GOP House members sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Tuesday to express opposition to President Joe Biden’s health worker vaccine mandate.

The letter followed a ruling last week that has led to CMS temporarily stopping enforcement of the vaccine mandate nationwide.

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Focus on Quality Care

“Ensuring continuity of quality care should be the primary goal for CMS, especially during this period of stress and uncertainty for patients and providers,” Florida Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan said in a statement.

“This mandate could eviscerate the size and strength of our health care system and lead to unintended consequences for America’s seniors, many of whom rely on Medicare as their only option for health care coverage,” he added.

The mandate could especially impact the 54 million Americans old enough to receive Medicare as patients are required to wait longer for needed treatments if the mandate is applied.

“Dubious” Vaccine Mandate

“We fully support your agency’s goal of ‘[e]nsuring patient safety and protection,’ but if seniors are unable to access care because their provider no longer participates in the Medicare program, this rule will undermine its stated goal,” the letter said.

“By subjecting providers to egregious federal overreach, our nation’s most vulnerable populations will be at risk and America’s seniors will bear the brunt of any provider loss due to non-compliance with this heavy-handed and constitutionally dubious vaccine mandate,” it added.

The letter concluded with a call to abandon the new rule.

“We strongly urge you to abandon implementing this onerous new rule and instead heed current statistics that show seniors are vaccinated at a higher rate than the rest of the population of vaccinated Americans while also uniquely vulnerable to disruptions in the health care system and consider the potentially negative consequences this mandate will have on the size and strength of our health care workforce,” the letter said.

The 17 million health care workers involved are likely to be thankful for the GOP’s stand on their behalf as the battle over vaccine mandates continues.

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