On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that sent a shockwave through conservatives.
In a somewhat surprising ruling, the Court refused to block a vaccine mandate in Maine for its health care workers.
The declination was issued by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who oversees emergency requests for Maine.
Sorry, But No
Liberals had gone ballistic when conservative justices made such rulings, so we will have to wait and see just how much outrage erupts over this ruling by Breyer.
The only solace in the order was the Breyer did dismiss the request “without prejudice,” so he did leave the door open for future requests.
Honestly, it was almost as though he was kicking the can down the road, not wanting to take responsibility for an order he possibly does not truly support.
However, because this was an emergency request, he was forced to make an immediate decision.
Liberty Counsel, a Christian group, had brought the suit hoping to get a religious exemption for some 2,000 health care workers in Maine.
The case had been lost in the first round, with a federal judge ruling against the group.
Several days later, an appeals court reaffirmed the initial ruling, resulting in the Supreme Court’s emergency request, which Breyer denied.
The group can bring the complaint back before the Supreme Court if the case is ruled against on merit by the appeals court or no decision is handed down by October 29.
So far, the Court has seen several mandate challenges, ruling in favor of them all, but these have all come under liberal justices.
We fully expect, at some point, possibly with law enforcement, for a case to be heard by the Supreme Court.
If and when that happens, it will decide how far Biden can go in ordering vaccine mandates for the private sector (per the new OSHA rule about to be put in place, pending approval by the OMB).
Since most red states are rejecting the vaccine mandate, we will more than likely have to wait until the aforementioned OSHA rule goes into effect, at which point a case is likely to be filed that will fall under the oversight of a conservative justice.
Source: The Hill