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States Urge Justices to Uphold Block on Health-Care Jab Mandate (2)

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High court to hear oral argument Jan. 7

Mandate currently unenforceable in 25 states

The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health-care workers shouldn’t resume across the nation while litigation unfolds, a group of Republican-led states told the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday.

The states are asking the high court to reject the administration’s request to put a hold on two lower court decisions that are blocking the rule in about half the country.

“The Secretary seeks an extraordinary stay to undo that necessary remedy and immediately reimpose the mandate, creating confusion, causing a logistical nightmare, and unleashing the ‘prevalent, tangible, and irremediable’ harm that the injunction forestalls,” state attorneys general said in a brief . “The lower courts got it right.”

The justices’ decision will be a strong signal of the fate of the rule. If the justices side with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, they are likely to believe that the agency was acting within its authority to issue a vaccine mandate. If they side with the states, the CMS’ future power to make critical decisions could be in jeopardy.If the rule remains blocked this winter, “hundreds and potentially thousands of patients may die at hospitals, nursing homes, and other […]

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