What The Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Ruling Means For Wyoming
The Supreme Court Of The United States has passed down its rulings regarding the president's Covid vaccine mandates, and the rulings are a bit mixed.
On the one hand, companies with more than 100 employees cannot be ordered to make all employees get vaccinated.
The reason, says the court, is that Congress never gave the president the authority, nor did congress give agencies like OSHA the authority to mandate such a thing.
This does not mean that a private company cannot decide on such a mandate on its own. That's up to the company.
But any company in Wyoming that does impose a vaccine mandate in Wyoming would run into legal problems with the Wyoming constitution.
Wyoming Constitution Art. 1, § 38. Right of health care access.
(a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.
(d) The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement.
However, on the question of medical workers, the Supreme Court ruled something different.
When states and hospitals agreed to accept Medicaid and Medicare payments from the federal government they agreed to all the rules that came with it.
And the federal government can add to or change those rules anytime they want.
That means that the agency in charge can demand that any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid must have all of its employees vaccinated or they will lose that money.
If the hospitals don't like it, they can simply no longer take that money. But hospitals in Wyoming have become addicted to that federal cash.
Once again there is a push to expand Medicaid in Wyoming. Those who want it think that it will bring more money into our hospitals and help more people.
But other states across the nation that have gone for Medicaid expansion have found expansion to be a disaster.
Remember, more federal aid comes with more string attached.
Medical Experts Say Wyoming Should Never Expand Medicaid. A Wyoming Doctor who explains the problem Medicaid expansion has created in other states.