Millions of Americans who are facing the loss of their livelihoods for refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19 received some relief Thursday when the Supreme Court finally weighed in on President Joe Biden’s tyrannical mandates. Others weren’t so lucky.
In a mixed ruling, the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s unprecedented edict coercing 84 million workers at large companies to get the shot, but allowed another mandate for 10 million health care workers to stay, The Daily Wire reported.
In both cases, the court’s liberal justices sided with Biden. The conservatives voted against him, with the notable exceptions of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold the health care mandate.
SCOTUS OKs vaccine mandate
The court ruled Thursday that Congress has already authorized Biden’s sweeping Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) diktat forcing 10 million health care workers at facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding to take the shot.
“After all, ensuring that providers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is consistent with the fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm,” the court’s majority wrote.
Among those in disagreement were Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, who authored powerful dissents excoriating Biden’s mandate for what it is: an illegal assertion of power.
“I do not think that the Federal Government is likely to be able to show that Congress has authorized the unprecedented step of compelling over 10,000,000 health care workers to be vaccinated on pain of being fired,” Alito wrote.
Biden “disappointed,” but not deterred
In the same breath, the Supreme Court blocked the mandate put in place by Biden’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which requires workers at companies with over 100 employees to take the shot or submit to weekly testing at their own expense and wear masks. The court ruled that COVID-19 is not the kind of workplace hazard OSHA was authorized by Congress to regulate.
“Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life — simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock — would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization,” the court said.
The liberal justices argued that the court should defer instead to the “expertise” of public health bureaucrats.
While Biden said he was “disappointed” by the decision, his regime’s mandate has already given many private companies the political cover to move ahead with coercing their workers, something the White House appears to have considered from the beginning, as the AP reports:
When crafting the OSHA rule, White House officials always anticipated legal challenges — and privately some harbored doubts that it could withstand them. The administration nonetheless still views the rule as a success at already driving millions of people to get vaccinated and encouraging private businesses to implement their own requirements that are unaffected by the legal challenge.
Unsurprisingly, Biden has called on private companies to ignore the ruling and press on with mandates.