A powerful new legislation has been passed in at least five states which aims to counteract the economic effects on Americans fired for refusing to get vaccinated.
The legislation boosts unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs as a result of being unvaccinated and several more states are considering rolling out similar protections.
Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee have extended unemployment benefits for workers fired due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Lawmakers in Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Missouri are considering similar worker protections in a Republican-led effort to fight back against President Joe Biden’s tyrannical vaccine mandates, which cover millions of private workers and federal contractors.
Of the states that have boosted unemployment insurance for unvaccinated workers, only Kansas is run by a split government with a Democratic governor and GOP-controlled legislature. The rest of the states are under full GOP control at the state level.
Biden’s vaccine orders have sparked widespread and intense pushback from elected officials and private businesses. One of Biden’s orders mandates that companies with at least 100 employees either vaccinate or regularly test workers for COVID-19. Any worker who refuses the vaccine or tests must be fired or the business will be fined a minimum of roughly $14,000 per infraction, according to the mandate.
These mandates are part of the Democrats’ plans to intimidate the unvaccinated in a desperate attempt to force more Americans to get vaccinated.
But the intimidation doesn’t end there, Biden has recently gotten more aggressive in rhetoric used against the unvaccinated, saying last week that unvaccinated Americans will be responsible for ushering in a “winter of severe illness and death” and will soon “overwhelm” hospitals.
“I want to send a direct message to the American people: Due to the steps we’ve taken, Omicron has not yet spread as fast as it would have otherwise done,” Biden told reporters after a COVID-19 briefing at the White House.
“But it’s here now and it’s spreading and it’s gonna increase,” the president added.
“We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated — for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm. But there’s good news: If you’re vaccinated and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death,” Biden said.
Needless to say, the efforts taken by red states to push back on Biden’s constant attacking of the unvaccinated are rather necessary, and the impacts of Biden’s mandates are being felt in other areas as well as staffing shortages in hospitals pop up all over the nation.
In the last few months, thousands of health care workers across the country have been terminated over refusing to comply with the vaccine mandates, leaving health care providers in the lurch with staffing shortages while bracing for more patients amid an expected winter surge of COVID-19 cases.
Biden has been forced to deploy the national guard into action to fill the voids he and his mandates created.
“We’re mobilizing an additional 1,000 military doctors and nurses and medics to help staff hospitals,” Biden said Monday during the COVID-19 Response Team’s regular call with the National Governors Association.
“FEMA is deploying hundreds of ambulances and EMS crews to transport patients. We’ve already deployed emergency response teams in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. We’re ready to provide more hospital beds as well.”
Some states have been impacted more than others, such as New York, which in the four months following the announcement of a vaccine mandate for health care by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has seen 31,858 health care workers terminated across nursing homes, hospitals and other health providers.
Nurses who still have jobs in the state have been sounding the alarm on the staffing shortages for months, and are bracing for it to only get worse.
“We have a massive nursing shortage,” Eric Smith, the statewide field director for the New York State Nurses Association, told the New York Daily News last month. “We have a vacuum in the double and triple digits all across the New York area.”
Author: Jason Coleman