Justices are hearing arguments on vaccine mandates. It could go either way, with smart money against Biden. But watch Roberts, he’s gone south on important health issues before.
FNC: “The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a high-stakes public session to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID 19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers.
For three hours and 40 minutes, the justices heard oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for businesses with 100 employees or more, and on vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding.
Enforcement of the policies, which were announced in November, has been put on hold pending resolution in the high court. In early arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that government officials had overstepped, with Roberts declaring that it is ‘hard to argue’ that officials had been given the power to act by Congress. Justice Brett Kavanaugh also noted that Congress had yet to pass any type of vaccine statute.”
President Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees is unconstitutional, which is why I have joined 183 of my Republican colleagues on an amicus curiae urging the Supreme Court to block it.https://t.co/18ceqkYAsj pic.twitter.com/7Y90Q2Nkoj
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) January 5, 2022
“This is something the federal government has never done before,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “Does the federal government object to our taking a couple of days, maybe, to think about this, to digest the arguments before people start losing jobs?” Justice Samuel Alito asked.
Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, said that OSHA “found there is grave harm every day and the numbers are stark,” but later argued that if the Supremes believe they require extra time, it can take it. No doubt the justices were so relieved to hear that an administration hack deigned to give them sufficient time to hear a case.
“We think that there are lives being lost every day,” Prelogar repeated. Dropping the vaccine mandate “will likely result in hundreds or thousands of deaths and serious illnesses from COVID-19 that could otherwise be prevented.” This is a bald faced lie akin to Sotomayor’s recent gaffe on pediatric cases. All these people have is fear and lies to make their argument.
In a harsh exchange with an actually sentient Justice, Kagan said: “What the secretary is doing here, is saying to providers, you know what, like, basically the one thing you can’t do is to kill your patients. So we you have to get vaccinated so that you are not transmitting the disease that can kill elderly Medicare patients, that can kill sick Medicaid patients.” Oh well, like, you know what, like? She is lying.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on January 10, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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