Medicine and the Constitution, by Laurence M. Vance

It’s a little late for Republicans to argue against Covid-19 measures on constitutional grounds. From Laurence M. Vance at

President Biden has unveiled his six-pronged national strategy to combat Covid-19. His “path out of the pandemic” consists of:

  1. Vaccinating the unvaccinated
  2. Further protecting the vaccinated
  3. Keeping schools safely open
  4. Increasing testing & requiring masking
  5. Protecting the economic recovery
  6. Improving care for those with COVID-19

The most onerous part of Biden’s plan is the first one. It would require:

  • All employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly
  • Vaccinations for all federal workers and for millions of contractors that do business with the federal government
  • Vaccinations for over 17 million health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and other health care settings.
  • Large entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing for entry
  • Employers to provide paid time off to get vaccinated

Conservatives are screaming that Biden’s actions are unconstitutional. Republican governors have denounced Biden’s plan and vowed to fight it tooth and nail. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts sums things up:

President Biden’s announcement is a stunning violation of personal freedom and abuse of the federal government’s power. This plan isn’t about public health – this is about government control and taking away personal liberties. Americans, not the federal government, are responsible for taking charge of their personal health. It is not the role of the federal government to mandate their choices. Nebraska will stand up to President Biden’s overreach, and we will be working with the Attorney General to explore all our options.

That Biden’s proposals are unconstitutional is a no-brainer.

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