by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Will the Biden administration use federal funds as a club to convince employers to force employees to get vaccinated? The White House is not denying that the plan is under discussion, but they say no final decision has been reached.
Forcing companies to do the government’s dirty work on a vaccine mandate is underhanded, but it’s Biden’s only choice if he thinks everyone needs to get vaccinated. A vaccine mandate has no chance of being successful.
There’s a question of who will be targeted by the government. Currently, the discussions are about targeting large institutions like senior care centers and universities, but no industry is safe. …
… A mandate is a mandate whether the government or a private company imposes it. The Biden administration is risking setting up a permanent wall that would separate Americans based on whether they’ve been jabbed or not.
Leave it to Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel, to propose the most radical solutions.
“If you look through history, there are presidents who — even in the absence of legal authority — influence people, you might say,” said Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania who recently organized a joint statement from nearly 60 medical groups urging every health facility to require workers to get vaccinated. “We keep referring to this covid thing like it’s an emergency and then we don’t behave like it’s a wartime emergency.” …
… Even the White House doesn’t think Biden has the constitutional authority to impose a nationwide vaccine mandate. But then, no one thought Biden had the constitutional authority to renew the CDC eviction moratorium. …
… What makes a vaccine mandate so futile is that it would only convince about three percent of the skeptics to get jabbed, according to a survey from the Kaiser Foundation. Biden might do better with a stronger effort at educating the public about the vaccines’ advantages.