Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Rule for Private Businesses, Allows Health Care Mandate

Headline Roundup January 13th, 2022

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued two major rulings on President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine rules and requirements.

In one ruling, the court voted 6-3 to block the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccine-or-test rule for private companies with 100 or more employees. In the other, it voted 5-4 to allow a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that receive federal aid. The court's conservative majority argued that the rule represented federal overreach "in the absence of clear delegation from Congress." The court's three liberal justices dissented, and argued that the ruling undermined the government's capacity "to protect American workers from grave danger." Conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the liberal justices in ruling that the mandate for health care workers fell within the scope of the government's powers.

Many outlets across the spectrum featured the news as their top story Thursday afternoon. Reports from right-rated outlets focused more on the court's majority opinion and the government overreach argument, and often described the vaccine-or-test rule as a mandate. On its homepage, Fox News (Right bias) described the private employer requirement as "shot down." Coverage from left-rated outlets highlighted the private employer rule's testing option, the preservation of the health care mandate, and Biden's disappointed response to the private employer ruling more prominently. 

From the Left
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The Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its emergency rule mandating that workers at large businesses get vaccinated or undergo regular testing for COVID-19, a major setback for the president’s national vaccination effort.

However, the court decided to allow the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities.

The justices’ decision to intervene and halt one of the vaccine regulations has major public health implications amid a surge in coronavirus cases due to the omicron variant. The White House hoped the rule, issued through the...

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From the Center
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The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.

The rulings came three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure for businesses started to take effect.

The mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work....

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From the Right
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The Supreme Court temporarily suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers on Thursday, but allowed the administration’s vaccine mandate for health-care workers at facilities that receive federal funding to go into effect.

In the first case, the conservative majority on the bench ruled in a 6-3 vote to block President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private businesses pending further review by the court. Biden had argued that the order derived authority from the 1971 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which empowered the federal government to regulate workplace health and safety standards.

However,...

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