After attempting to institute a mandate that would require everyone employed by a company with more than 100 workers to get the jab. More than 80 million private-sector employees would be subjugated to the rule.
Thursday, the Supreme Court struck the rule down. The ruling decided that such a mandate would exceed OSHA’s authority. The court did however uphold a mandate for healthcare workers.
The decision to strike the private sector mandate down was 6-3. The court three more left-leaning judges, Kagan, Breyer, and Sotomayor dissented voting in favor of the mandate.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly, requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.” The decision said.
The three liberals however described COVID-19 as an “unparalleled threat” and accused the court of seriously misapplying applicable legal standards.
These 80 million American’s are not being targeted because they work at businesses with more than 100 employees – the mandate was meant to target as many American citizens as humanly possible. Going through OSHA and targeting private-sector employees was simply the easiest Avenue to accomplish this.
Healthcare workers, unlike private-sector employees, spend their time in close proximity to immuno-compromised individuals. The government also provides subsidies through Medicare and Medicaid.
On the other hand, a lack of healthcare workers who have been fired because of the Medicare/Medicaid mandate has resulted in nationwide staff shortages. The healthcare field has had such trouble staffing its facilities that Biden began deploying military medical workers.