Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, nearly all hospitals are federally funded. So a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule requiring vaccinations for health care workers at companies that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding, which is nearly all of them, is legal, while the overzealous attempt to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring companies with 100 or more employees to force them to get vaccines was rightly found unconstitutional.
We want all people to be vaccinated but more of what The Economist terms Biden's "bossy business interventionism" isn't the way to do it. It creates casual criminals and makes public health even more political than it already has been since the Affordable Care Act was forced onto the public and most us faced higher costs.
This is not the first time the Biden administration has attempted to pass laws without Congress. Telling the CDC to pass a regulation forbidding evictions during the pandemic as a public health initiative was struck down last year. His hope seems to be that the disastrous 'Chevron deference' ruling in 1984 will make it possible for his agencies to create regulations that act as laws, without involving Congress, but the Supreme Court does not want to let him create a fourth branch of government. A short while ago the Biden administration said it did not want to pay for tests, now they are going to pay for tests for every school in America, even if kids are asymptomatic, all because some cases may have been transmitted before people with COVID-19 admitted they had symptoms.
2022 will be the year COVID-19 burns out but coronavirus will still be with us. This was the third coronavirus pandemic of the last 20 years and it is unknown how many 'flu' pandemics of the past were actually coronavirus, but since its discovery as distinct from the common cold virus in the 1960s, it has gotten greater awareness. Before the next one, we need to turn the CDC back into a health group and not a job works program manufacturing new problems to request funding to 'prevent', we need to make FDA more nimble when new drugs are needed - no more $1.5 billion, 15-year exercises in safety theater - and we need to make it clear to politicians that "righteous regulation" is just warmed over nanny government, and has never helped anyone.
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