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Supreme Court Should Follow the Science and End the Vaccine Mandates

January 25, 2022

The federal government frequently defends its COVID-19 policies based “on the science.” But, this standard is lacking when it comes to the government’s vaccine mandates.

The federal government frequently defends its COVID-19 policies based “on the science.” But this standard is lacking when it comes to the government’s vaccine mandates. The American Commitment Foundation filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing the vaccines do little to nothing in protecting the public from the now dominant strain of the virus, the Omicron variant. Phil Kerpen, the Foundation’s president tells AnneMarie Schieber how his organization based its brief on analysis by top infectious experts, including Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University. If the mandates were to stay, they would be like a “personal health mandate,” akin to ordering someone to eat broccoli or exercise.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing two vaccine mandates, one applying to private businesses with 100 or more workers under OSHA, and the other applies to any health care institution that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding. Kerpin discusses:

 -  Omicron…how can we be sure the vaccine won’t help slow it down?

 - If Omicron did not exist, could you make the same case with Delta, a variant that is more life threatening?

 - Dangers if mandates are allowed to exist if they are strictly a personal health mandate….what next, orders to exercise or eat broccoli?

 -  How will the Court decide?

- Whether private businesses suffered already from the mandate…preparing for the order, and now that it is in effect

 -  Should we leave vaccine mandates entirely up to the states?  Since the federal government has its tentacles everywhere, would this be possible?

 - Did the federal government overplay its hand with the vaccine mandates…is public opinion turning against it?

The amicus brief can be viewed online at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/21/21A244/207571/20220106153204637_220103a%20Motion%20and%20Brief%20for%20efiling.pdf

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy