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In a statement released by his office, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts as a lack of ‘backbone’ for siding with liberal justices and upholding President Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling blocking Biden’s mandate requiring vaccinations for businesses with more than 100 employees or regular testing. The high court however allowed a mandate requiring that facilities that receive federal funding to tell employees to get vaccinated.
On Friday, DeSantis appeared on the ‘Ruthless’ podcast to discuss the nurse mandate and the doctor mandate that Roberts and Kavanaugh both supported.
In its ruling, the court ruled 6-3 against the federal mandate for private employers, and 5-4 for the mandate for federally funded healthcare facilities to continue.
Although the Supreme Court’s decision is not final, 27 states have petitioned it to issue a stay on the health care mandate while lower court battles are fought.
As a result of short staffing at hospitals, DeSantis noted that hospitals in California are allowing Covid-positive nurses to return to work.
So now they are bringing COVID-positive people back to work while unvaccinated, likely immune through prior infection, healthy nurses are on the sidelines fired,’ the Sunshine State governor continued. ‘How insane are these policies?’
‘But honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh did not have a backbone on that decision,’ DeSantis also said. ‘That’s just the bottom line.’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning vaccine mandates in November unless employers provided a broad range of exemptions.
‘I called a special session of the legislature in November and we provided protections so that, in Florida, you’re not going to lose your job over these shots,’ DeSantis said in the podcast. ‘You have the right to work.’
In response to the SCOTUS ruling, DeSantis said on Thursday that he would enforce the Florida law that prohibits private employers from imposing vaccine requirements on their employees, in addition to public workers.
‘We’re going to make sure that that is enforced, and we’re going to make sure we’re providing protections for people so that they don’t have their livelihoods ruined by an unconstitutional and really ham-handed federal mandate,’ DeSantis said.
Mary Mayhew, president and chief executive officer at Florida Hospital Association, said that hospitals receiving funding from Medicare or Medicaid could still require employees to receive vaccines.
‘Hospitals are obligated to remain compliant with the programs’ conditions of participation and must comply with this federal vaccine requirement now upheld by the highest court,’ said Mayhew, a former official in the DeSantis administration, according to Florida Politics.
Hospitals are now caught between Biden and DeSantis’ ongoing feud, said Mayhew, and ‘may still need clarity from the courts regarding federal preemption regarding the Florida state law.’
On the other side, Biden called the Supreme Court’s ruling against the private employer mandate ‘disappointing’ but touted that the healthcare mandate ‘will save lives.’ He encouraged private businesses to require vaccination of their own accord.
‘This emergency standard allowed employers to require vaccinations or to permit workers to refuse to be vaccinated, so long as they were tested once a week and wore a mask at work: a very modest burden,’ the president claimed.
‘As a result of the Court’s decision, it is now up to States and individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers during this pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.’
There are thirteen states that have banned or limited the implementation of mandatory vaccine mandates, including Texas, Florida, and Arizona, while many companies such as Macy’s and Starbucks have already announced their own protocols.
In states led by Democrats, such as New York, the rules will not be touched and they will be able to continue operating as usual, while states without any rules in place can decide for themselves what to do with them.