States Sue Biden Administration Over Mandates

States Sue Biden Administration Over Mandates

( – In September, President Joe Biden issued a directive ordering all healthcare workers at facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The order impacted 17 million workers. Now, a group of 10 states is suing the administration over the mandate.

The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Missouri, includes Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Hampshire. It alleges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ vaccine mandate intrudes on state’s rights and violates the Social Security Act, Tenth Amendment and Administrative Procedures Act.

The lawsuit states that the mandate ignores the facts on the ground, dismisses “concerns about workforce shortages” and “jeopardizes the healthcare interests of rural Americans.”

In addition to the strain on the healthcare system, especially in rural parts of the country, there’s another issue with the mandate. For nearly two years, healthcare workers have been dealing with PPE and worker shortages. They’ve held the hands of people who have died from the virus without any family around them because of restrictions on visitors. They’ve risked their own lives to take care of Americans during the pandemic and now they might lose their jobs because of the mandate. Leaders in at least 10 states believe it isn’t right and want to put a stop to it.

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