Missouri became the 10th state to block President Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, when a federal judge ruled against the order on Monday.
“Congress did not clearly authorize CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] to enact this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp wrote.
Under Biden’s mandate, healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, or lose their jobs. Schelp’s preliminary injunction ordered the White House to cease enforcement while legal cases are pursued in all ten states challenging the order.
“Because it is evident CMS significantly understates the burden that its mandate would impose on the ability of healthcare facilities to provide proper care, and thus, save lives, the public has an interest in maintaining the “status quo” while the merits of the case are determined,” he concluded.
“What the court said today was that the Biden administration has no authority, there’s no statutory authority for them to do this – none whatsoever,” remarked Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt about the ruling.
“If you talk to the men and women in the healthcare field, who by the way a year ago were being honored as heroes and are threatened to be put on the unemployment line, they welcome this news,” he continued.
Schmitt also vowed to continue to challenge OSHA’s mandate, which requires that private employers with more than 100 employees make workers get the jab, or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, and Biden’s order to enforce vaccination of all federal employees and contractors.
“These mandates sound like a good idea, but here in flyover country, we’ve had enough and we’re going to fight back every single time they try to take our freedoms away,” he said at a press conference.
Missouri has lawsuits pending against all three vaccine mandates.
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