Today the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on halting the Biden Administration’s attempt to force COVID-19 vaccines on healthcare workers.
The Nation’s high court is expected to decide whether or not to issue a stay of the injunctions issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri blocking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ rule that requires all health care workers at facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption.
The offices of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt will present the case opposing the CMS mandate on nearly every full-time employee, part-time employee, volunteer, and contractor working at a wide range of healthcare facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding.
Here are some fast facts about the case:
Biden’s mandate exceeds CMS’s statutory authority and violates numerous federal laws.
The Biden Administration has acted without statutory authority, violated the Administrative Procedure Act, violated the Social Security Act, violated the Congressional Review Act, and violated the Constitution.
Biden’s mandate threats jobs of millions of our healthcare heroes.
In their attempt to coopt the Medicare and Medicaid system to impose a vaccine on 17 million healthcare workers, the Biden Administration completely ignores the unprecedented labor shortage prevailing in the healthcare sector and patient wellbeing in favor of the President’s ambition to increase societal vaccination rates.
Biden’s unconstitutional CMS mandate would create healthcare shortages, upend state budgets.
The mandate causes grave danger to the vulnerable persons whom Medicare and Medicaid were designed to protect – the poor, children, sick, and the elderly – by forcing the termination of millions of essential healthcare heroes. In addition to jeopardizing the healthcare interests of countless Americans, it puts billions of dollars of state funding at risk.
Attorneys General Landry and Schmitt have pledged to protect the medical freedom of healthcare workers and the poor and elderly’s access to healthcare services.
“The rule of law is on our side, and I look forward to preventing the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed,” said Attorney General Landry.
“This is one of the most consequential cases in history – my office has been a leader in pushing back on outrageous federal overreach, and we’re confident we will prevail again at the nation’s highest court,” said Attorney General Schmitt.
Oral arguments in Becerra v. Louisiana/Biden v. Missouri will be heard on Friday, January 7 at 10:00 AM CT and will be streamed live on C-SPAN. Additional information on the case, including legal filings, may be found here and here.