President Joe Biden implemented a vaccine mandate in yet another authoritarian overreach. Unfortunately for him, the U.S. Court of Appeals is on the side of the Constitution — and the American people.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied motions to move proceedings to a friendlier venue and to lift a previous stay on the mandate, according to The Epoch Times. These decisions put the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate in jeopardy.
On Sept. 9, Biden had announced that he would be requiring companies with over 100 employees to force workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN reported. There was no indication of how this would work in practice until OSHA issued its guidelines early last month.
The new rules would require any employees who were unvaccinated to either get the jab or submit to intrusive testing. Employers would face hefty fines for failing to compel their employees to comply, and this action immediately triggered several lawsuits against the rule.
A challenge in the 5th Circuit Court led to the stay that was granted Nov. 12, stopping the mandate in its tracks to allow for the litigation to play out. Several of the challenges were bundled and moved the Ohio-based 6th Circuit responsible for the most recent ruling.
The White House pushed back against any action to stop the mandate with more fearmongering. “Simply put, delaying the standard would likely cost many lives per day, in addition to large numbers of hospitalizations, other serious health effects, and tremendous expenses,” Biden administration lawyers said in legal filings. “That is a confluence of harms of the highest order.”
Despite his lofty promises during the campaign, Biden has done a terrible job containing the virus and instead is doubling down on unpopular mitigation measures that threaten Americans’ rights. Under his watch, Biden has presided over more deaths in 2021 from the virus than occurred in 2020, Fox News reported.
The ultimate fate of these mandates remains to be seen, but for now, American workers who opt out of the vaccine are safe. However, Democrats are known to persevere no matter what, so this surely won’t be the last attempt to strip citizens of their bodily autonomy.