By BRENT MARTIN
St. Joseph Post
Mosaic Life Care CEO, Dr. Mark Laney, is pleased the United
States Supreme Court upheld the Biden Administration requirement that health
care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
While the court struck down the administration’s mandate that
businesses require vaccination, it upheld the rule requiring medical facilities
that receive federal funds mandate workers be vaccinated.
Laney welcomes the ruling.
“This is consistent with what we have been talking about. It’s
consistent with the actions,” Laney tells reporters during a news briefing. “Our
main reason in mandating was to make sure that we provide the best and safest
care to our patients. CMS is given authority over hospitals to ensure safety of
patients and that is why the mandate held on the health care side.”
Prior to the Biden Administration mandate, Mosaic had issued
its own mandate, telling its workers they had to be vaccinated to continue
working there, unless they were given a medical or religious exemption.
“We’re pleased with our own actions,” Laney says. “We feel
like we’ve done the right and moral thing and that has been vindicated by the Supreme
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under
orders from President Joe Biden, issued a requirement that all businesses with more
than 100 employees require their employees to get a vaccine or test regularly
and wear a mask on the job.
The Supreme Court ruled the administration overstepped its
authority by seeking to impose the vaccine-or-test rule.
“It only makes sense that we would require COVID immunizations,”
Laney says. “I’m not surprised at all that it was overturned on the OSHA
business side of things. That was probably a bit too stretchy for many folks
and probably was considered a burden, especially to small business.”
Laney says Mosaic had widespread compliance with its rule and
lost very few employees due to its vaccine mandate.