U.S. Supreme Court rules against vaccine mandate [with Video]

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President Joe Biden failed with his attempt to mandate vaccines for regular employees in large companies.

Johannes Becht, News Reporter

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government’s plan to implement vaccine mandates for employees in large companies over 100 employees is unconstitutional.

Anthony Moore, Oklahoma House Rep. for District 57 (R), which includes Custer County, predicted in November that a mandate to get vaccinated would violate the Constitution.

“I don’t want the government to tell me what to do in any area of my personal life,” he said in an interview with The Southwestern. “We have those freedoms to make decisions that we think are best for ourselves. I received the shot, but it was my choice. I love the fact that some people have the right to not.”

He also stated that using the authority of the constitution to mandate things could be very dangerous.

“Just because you are in favor of what they are doing this time, next time you might not be.”

The vaccine mandate was a significant attempt for President Joe Biden (D) to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who voted in favor of the mandate, expressed in their dissenting opinion disbelieve about the court’s willingness to hinder “the federal government’s ability to counter the unparalleled threat that COVID-19 poses to our nation’s workers. Regulating safety in the workplace is precisely what OSHA is commanded to do.”

The unsigned majority opinion said that “a statute on workplace hazards did not justify a mandate that would have required more than 80 million workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or to wear masks and be tested weekly,” according to the New York Times.

The administration had estimated that a vaccine mandate could prevent 250,000 hospitalizations.