A federal judge has just told Darth Biden’s administration that they do NOT have the power to unilaterally mandate vaccines and his decision affects 10 states who brought the lawsuit:
YAHOO NEWS – A judge blocked the federal government on Monday from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers in ten states.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp in the Eastern District of Missouri wrote in his ruling that regulations handed down by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid earlier this month were issued improperly. The agency did not get approval from Congress to mandate vaccinations for health care workers, Schelp wrote, which he argued was necessary given the mandate’s “vast economic and political significance.” The rules were also issued without a standard period for public comment, which Schelp said the agency’s justification for was not suitable.
“Truly, the impact of this mandate reaches far beyond COVID,” Schelp wrote. “CMS seeks to overtake an area of traditional state authority by imposing an unprecedented demand to federally dictate the private medical decisions of millions of Americans. Such action challenges traditional notions of federalism.”
Schelp also labeled the mandate “arbitrary and capricious,” arguing that CMS “lacks evidence showing that vaccination status has a direct impact on spreading COVID” in the covered health care facilities; the agency has primarily pointed to data from long-term care facilities in its defense.
“No one questions that protecting patients and health care workers from contracting COVID is a laudable objective,” he wrote. “But the court cannot, in good faith, allow CMS to enact an unprecedented mandate that lacks a ‘rational connection between the facts found and the choice made.'”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt led the lawsuit, alongside Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Hampshire. Schelp’s order blocks the federal government from requiring providers in those states to require vaccination for workers.
The judge is right to protect federalism and the authority of the states, but the truth is that not even the states have the right to impose a vaccine mandate on its citizens. This is ultimately about individual liberty and that is the most important principle worthy of protecting.
That said, I’ll take any argument I can get if it stops Darth Biden and his administration from these reckless and anti-American vaccine mandates.