A Trump-appointed judge on Monday blocked Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in 10 states.
US District Judge Matthew Schelp in the Eastern District of Missouri blocked the federal government from mandating Covid jabs for healthcare workers in Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Hampshire.
Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt led the way and sued the Biden Regime alongside 9 other states.
Judge Schelp said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has no right to hand down rules because they never got approval from Congress.
“Truly, the impact of this mandate reaches far beyond COVID,” Schelp wrote. “CMS seeks to overtake an area of traditional state authority by imposing an unprecedented demand to federally dictate the private medical decisions of millions of Americans. Such action challenges traditional notions of federalism.”
Schelp also said argued CMS did not produce evidence that shows vaccination status has “a direct impact on spreading Covid.”
“No one questions that protecting patients and health care workers from contracting COVID is a laudable objective,” he wrote. “But the court cannot, in good faith, allow CMS to enact an unprecedented mandate that lacks a ‘rational connection between the facts found and the choice made.’”
Attorney General Schmitt celebrated after Judge Schelp issued a preliminary injunction in response to his lawsuit.
BREAKING: After Missouri was the first to lead a coalition of states in filing a lawsuit, the Court today issued a preliminary injunction HALTING the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate on healthcare workers.
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) November 29, 2021