Lawsuits challenging Biden's vaccine mandates target federal overreach
Added 12-07-21 01:22:02pm EST - “The health of our citizenry has traditionally been a matter exclusively within the purview of the states. Our earliest federal laws ?" from the 1790s ?" related to quarantines. They authorized federal authorities to assist the states…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Editor’s note: This is one in a series examining the Constitution and Federalist Papers in today’s America.
This has not been a good month for the Biden administration with respect to COVID-19. First, the new omicron variant has landed on our shores, and Moderna announced that its vaccine may not be as effective against this new variant. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and other markets have reacted accordingly.
Second, as of this week, more Americans have died from COVID under the 10 months of the Biden administration, with both vaccines and effective therapeutics, than during the same 10-month stretch under the Trump administration without the vaccine and few therapeutics.
Third, President Biden’s three-pronged attempt to compel Americans to get vaccinated – a Department of Labor rule aimed at workplaces, a Department of Health and Human Services rule aimed at certain providers who bill Medicare, and an executive order aimed at federal contractors — has been rebuffed by the courts in what has become a litigation feeding frenzy.
These three sets of cases do not question the efficacy or safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. They are likely the safest vaccines ever produced, and more folks should voluntarily get vaccinated. Nor are the cases necessarily about individual liberties. State governments have, for more than 100 years, imposed vaccine mandates on their citizenry, especially children.
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