Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

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      WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.

      At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.

      The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected and OSHA had estimated that the rule would save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over six months.

      In dissent, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgment for that of health experts. “Acting outside of its competence and without legal basis, the Court displaces the judgments of the Government officials given the responsibility to respond to workplace health emergencies,” Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a joint dissent.

      As I wrote when this was first proposed, it would made businesses covered entities under HIPAA regulations with massive legal and regulatory requirements as vaccination and COVID-19 status is protected health information. In, of course, my private opinion as a former faculty member teaching healthcare privacy and security.

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      The problem with “health experts” in the US, is that too many of them — especially those in positions of authority — have been captured by a ‘healthcare’ system that is designed specifically to subordinate public health, to profits for investors.

      Also, supreme court justices are inexcusably ignorant about things these days, demonstrated amply by Justice Sotomayor’s recent comments about children with covid-19.

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