(NewsReady.com) – In November, President Joe Biden issued a directive ordering all hospitals and healthcare facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The sweeping mandate faced immediate backlash and multiple states sued. A judge recently issued a ruling in the case.
On Monday, November 29, US District Judge Matthew Schelp issued a 32-page order in the case of 10 states against the mandate. The judge determined the order likely exceeded the president’s authority and halted it. He explained that medical care could suffer if there’s a shortage of healthcare workers. The judge pointed out that Congress didn’t authorize the “politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate” as required by the Supreme Court.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) celebrated the ruling.
GOOD NEWS: Today, the @USCourtsMOED issued a preliminary injunction halting the Biden Administration from enforcing its vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in Missouri.
View the ruling: https://t.co/j9NmMyGV7m
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) November 29, 2021
The ruling by Schelp will not impact all states, only the ones involved in the lawsuit. Those states include Missouri, Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming. If other states wish to halt the mandate, they will also have to sue the administration. In the meantime, the 10 states in this particular suit will have relief until the case winds its way through the court. The recent ruling was another blow to Biden’s COVID-19 mandates. Another federal court blocked the directive forcing companies with more than 100 employees to enforce vaccinations or regular testing.
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