Rep. Murray Says Biden’s Push For Vaccine Mandate Is Further Evidence Of ‘Overreach’
According to Rep. Greg Murphy, the current demand by the White House that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate should be moved forward, despite the appeals court order that freezes it, is yet another sign of continued overreach by President Joe Biden.
“Biden even said it with some of his other directives that we don’t know if it’s constitutional or not, but we’re going to do it anyway,” the North Carolina Republican said during an appearance on Newsmax’s “National Report.” “If you had a book of 10 things on how to destroy a country, they’re writing it very, very well.”
A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Saturday, citing constitutional questions, ordered a temporary block on a rule developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that requires companies employing over 100 employees to either ensure that their workers have been vaccinated or have nonvaccinated workers undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.
Monday, the administration argued in a response to the stay that the vaccine mandate for private employers is a matter of life-and-death, and that there is no reason to stay the rule now on a rule that won’t take effect until Jan. 4.
Stopping it would “cost dozens or even hundreds of life per day,” the lawyers for the Justice and Labor departments said.
“White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Monday’s press briefing that companies should be working toward complying with the rule and making sure their employees are vaccinated,” the Newsmax report continued.
Murphy, who is himself a physician, went to say that he believes the vaccines are both safe and effective, but the decision to get the shots should be left up to individual patients and their doctors, rather than a government mandate.
He went on to add that he’s concerned that the OSHA rule might also drive companies out of business that survived the pandemic. If that is what happens, people will end up losing their health benefits and no longer seek medical treatment when they are sick.
“We have something called the social determinants of health, where poverty has shown that you have worse outcomes because you’re sick more often,” said the congressman, who then added that in the mandate efforts that are supposedly being ordered to save the country, “they’re going to drive people into poverty … they’ll create more illness, more death.”
Maybe that’s what the radical left really wants?