Vaccine mandates were called a conspiracy theory until they became a reality. Now President Joe Biden’s administration is desperately trying to get the jab in workers’ arms but has been thwarted at every turn — for now anyway.
A federal appeals court blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate Friday, the Daily Caller reported. The administration attempted to ram the requirement through using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
A three-judge panel on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said the mandate “violates the constitutional structure that safeguards our collective liberty” and upheld a lower court’s decision to block the mandate. The court’s opinion also dubbed the measure “staggeringly overbroad.”
The Biden administration called on OSHA to impose a rule that companies with over 100 employees would either have to have workers vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly testing, Fox Business reported. Failure to comply would result in thousands of dollars in fines for the businesses.
However, the court deemed that the universal requirement was not practical nor even useful in many circumstances. The court considered that a young, lone truck driver was far less at risk from the disease than an elderly prison worker — yet both would be treated the same by this requirement.
“Likewise, a naturally immune unvaccinated worker is presumably at less risk than an unvaccinated worker who has never had the virus,” the ruling also stated. “The list goes on, but one constant remains—the Mandate fails almost completely to address, or even respond to, much of this reality and common sense,” the court said.
Shortly after Biden was elected, he promised there would not be vaccine mandates, the New York Post reported. However, less than a year after making that claim, Biden found a backdoor solution to doing just that through OSHA.
The court was right to block this mandate, but the fact that it was proposed in the first place is troubling. Biden is seeking to impose a medical procedure on millions of Americans for little discernable advantage — and this would be unthinkable before now.