A coalition of a dozen states led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, volunteers and contractors working at federal-funded health facilities.
Along with a lawsuit announced Monday by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Mr. Landry’s case up to 22 the number of Republican-led states that have brought the Biden administrations to justice over the order that affects all facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.
“It’s astonishingly irresponsible,” Louisiana Attorney General Elizabeth Murrill said of the federal mandate. “This means that the overall thing one gets is a lack of access to care for the poor, the elderly and children. This is completely contrary to the whole program. “
The lawsuits claim that the vaccine mandate will not only jeopardize funding for critical healthcare facilities, but also create a shortage of trained and qualified healthcare professionals.
In Louisiana, where nearly a quarter of the state’s population is on Medicare and Medicaid, annual funding amounts to more than $ 16 billion, Ms. Murrill.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an emergency ordinance requiring staff vaccinations for COVID-19 across a range of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified healthcare providers. The requirements apply to approximately 76,000 providers and cover over 17 million healthcare professionals across the country.
“While the CMS cannot comment on pending lawsuits, the vaccine requirement for healthcare professionals addresses the risk of unvaccinated healthcare professionals for patient safety and provides stability and uniformity across the country’s healthcare system to strengthen the health of people and providers who care for them,” a spokesman said. CMS Tuesday.
“Healthcare professionals have a special ethical and professional duty to protect their patients,” the spokesman said. “There is no doubt that staff in any health care sector who remain unvaccinated pose both direct and indirect threats to patient safety and the health of the population.”
The first lawsuit against the CMS vaccine mandate was filed Nov. 10 at the U.S. District Court in Missouri. This case is led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and has been joined by Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Wyoming and Dakotas.
In the case filed Monday night in federal court in Louisiana, Mr. Landry was joined by Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia.
“Biden’s bureaucrats at CMS are threatening jobs for millions of our health heroes, who risked their lives last year by taking care of our neighbors with COVID-19,” said Mr. Landry in a statement. “What’s more: the mandate provides once again more rights and protection to illegal aliens than U.S. citizens.”
The CMS cases are the latest in a series of lawsuits taken against the Biden administration’s extensive vaccine mandates, which come after cases against mandates for private companies and another against the mandate from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The former’s venue was to be decided on Tuesday by a ping-pong ball lottery.
The Louisiana trial uses language used by the 5th Court of Appeal, which has so far sided with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration’s order that private companies with more than 100 workers order vaccinations for workers, he said. Murrill.
In particular, the lawsuit repeals the sentence that the requirement is equivalent to “a jab for a job,” a move that conservative attorneys general claims is a breathtaking violation of federal authority.
“Again, the federal government has come in with a sledgehammer,” Ms. Murrill to The Washington Times. “It’s unfair and it destroys informed consent.”
Many health facilities are already facing a shortage of skilled labor, and Mrs Murrill said the administration was misleading itself with a notion that all jobs would be quickly filled if a vaccine requirement were to make the facilities further impaired.
“This is going to make it worse,” she said. “The administration has adopted the fiction that these jobs will magically be occupied by someone else. They will not.”
For more information, visit the Washington Times COVID-19 resource page.
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