What did the Supreme Court decide about Biden's vaccine mandates?
The Supreme Court will issue its decision on vaccine mandates, upholding certain requirements for healthcare workers while striking down for businesses
The Supreme Court of the United States released two opinions on Thursday 13 January regarding President Biden's use of executive power to implement vaccine mandates on healthcare and private-sector workers. While the case presented for healthcare workers was upheld, meaning that workers in facilities that receive funding for Medicare and Medicaid will be required to receive a vaccine, the broader mandate for private businesses was struck down.
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The three more liberal justices, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor were joined by Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts to uphold the order that the Department of Health and Human Services mandate all "participating facilities" who receive funding from the federal government "ensure that their staff—unless exempt for medical or religious reasons—are vaccinated against COVID–19."
Justices Alito, Barrett, Gorsuch, and Thomas dissented arguing that "the Government has not made a strong showing that it has statutory authority to issue the rule." Justice Thoms who authored the dissenting opinion states that it is his view that Congress did not provide the Center on Medicare and Medicaid sweeping authority to implement such a mandate, and thus the government failed to present a case worthy of being upheld.