What happens when an “essential” worker, say an EMT, walks off a job rather than take a vaccine, and somebody dies because the vacant spot couldn’t be filled? From Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org:
“If I don’t show up for my job, as I just explained to you, people die. On Saturday night at 10 p.m. I got a page. I did not want to go to work. Somebody was having a very critical problem, they were dying. I worked until 6 a.m. the next day. If I had not of showed up, there would have been nobody to do my job. These guys can’t show up to their job, and I’m sorry, your jobs are not as important as mine.”
There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people just like him.
They’re everywhere in the health care system. They have unique skills without which the system does not function, and when you need those skills you need them now, not later.
There is no “later”; there is either now or death.
Take someone on dialysis. This is not a “robotic procedure”; each patient has specific levels of various drugs and their specific metabolic reactions to them that must be individually managed. The people who do that job are not replaceable on short notice, if at all. If you need dialysis and do not get it, you die. This is not a “maybe” or “might die” you WILL die with absolute, 100% certainty.
Things happen at odd hours of the day and night. Most real medical emergencies are not scheduled — heart attacks, strokes, car wrecks, gunshots and similar. They happen when they happen and either someone is there to respond to it and deal with it or the person in question dies.
Those hundreds of thousands of people who are utterly essential to people not dying every single day — hundreds if not thousands who will otherwise die if those employees refuse to show up — and exactly zero of those people can be compelled to work.
This is America.
It is not the Soviet Union. It is not North Korea.
NOBODY is a slave and EVERYONE has the right to say “**** you” and walk out.
ALL THE TIME.