Judge blocks federal health care worker vaccine mandate in 10 states

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A federal judge in St. Louis, Missouri has blocked the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services from enforcing a requirement that health care workers in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire receive federal funding. North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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The order, which was issued by District Judge Matthew Schlepp on Monday, applies only to those states as they are currently suing the Biden administration to block implementation of the CMS rule, which administration officials say. This is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a large scale. health care facilities.

The lawsuit in question was filed on November 10 by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt, who was joined by the elected Republican attorney general of nine other plaintiff states. GOP lawyers argued that the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate amounted to “pulling out the health heroes of our states,” which usurped the state government’s power to regulate citizens’ vaccinations.

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Although vaccines for COVID-19 were developed during the tenure of former President Donald Trump, there has been resistance to any attempt to require Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. hardness among Republicans as a way of showing their opposition to Mr. Biden and his administration.

The Justice Department, which represents CMS and other federal defendants in the case, has argued that federal laws and regulations empowering CMS before state policies give CMS the authority to set standards that are consistent with the vaccine mandate. override any state prohibition against Such authority, the government said, is necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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But in his opinion approving a preliminary injunction against the mandate, Judge Schlepp – a Trump appointee – wrote that the policy was “in contrast to traditional state authority by imposing an unprecedented demand for millions of Americans to federally direct private medical decisions.” tries to overtake one area”.

“Such action challenges traditional notions of federalism,” he said. “Congress explicitly did not authorize the CMS to implement this politically and economically expansive, federalism-transforming and boundary-pushing mandate”.

Independents have contacted White House for comment

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