OK. So I was pretty ticked this morning when they high court didn’t act on this. I was saying all sorts of stuff. I may have even put “Supreme Court is Asshoe” on Facebook. OK. I definitely did.
But I take that back. Somewhat. Only somewhat.
The AP: The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.
The court’s order Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases deals a blow to the administration’s efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.
At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S.
The court’s orders Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases was a mixed bag for the administration’s efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans.
The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.
“OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID–19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what OSHA has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.
In dissent, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgment for that of health experts. “Acting outside of its competence and without legal basis, the Court displaces the judgments of the Government officials given the responsibility to respond to workplace health emergencies,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a joint dissent.”
This is a really big deal. OSHA, a department filled with unelected deep staters, has no business telling regular people what they must inject into themselves. A lot of people were really waiting on this one, hoping and praying that the court would do the right thing.
Because where would it stop? Would OSHA mandate boosters? Three? Four? Five? Yearly?
This is a big day.
It sucks about healthcare workers but right now I’m going to focus on the win. Tomorrow I’ll get all bitchy about the rest. Tonight I’m taking the W.