Why President Biden can't make states vaccinate teachers — or anyone else

The federal government's power goes only so far, especially when it comes to public health.

2/23/2021 2:29:00 PM

While President Biden wants to vaccinate teachers to quicken the reopening of schools, more than half the states aren't listening, highlighting the limited powers of the federal government.

The federal government's power goes only so far, especially when it comes to public health.

from the pandemic has renewed criticism of the federalist system that has allowed the states to do as they please, with very different approaches and very different results."There's a pretty strong argument that the confusion we've created has, in fact, cost human lives," said Donald Kettl, a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and author of"

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The Divided States of America: Why Federalism Doesn't Work.""We pay a pretty high price sometimes for letting states go their own way."He added:"The founders were very conscious of the fact that it was a collection of states that had succeeded in winning the Revolutionary War. If you roll that forward, you end up with this patchwork of different vaccine priorities, mask mandates and lockdown rules, because the federal government cannot force states to do things."

Feb. 22, 202102:33The feds and the states have been in a near-constant tug-of-war for 230 years — sometimes violently, as during the Civil War — often refereed by the Supreme Court, whichhas ruledthat it's the states that have"the authority to provide for the public health, safety, and morals" of their residents. headtopics.com

The federal courts — not the federal government — have been able to exert their will over the states on issues from school desegregation to abortion to voting rights. But schools, abortion clinics and elections are still run or regulated by the states.

The federal government has spent the past two centuries trying to come up with creative ways to push its agenda on the states, sometimes by dangling the promise of federal funding as a carrot — and the threat to withhold it as a stick.For instance, to build the Interstate highway system, the feds promised to foot 90 percent of the bill if states put up just 10 percent. The catch was that the roads had to abide by regulations that started small — bridges needed to be tall enough to allow tanks to pass under, to cite one requirement — but quickly grew to encompass the nationally uniform system of roads we take for granted today.

During the oil crisis of the 1970s, when gas prices skyrocketed amid tensions in the Middle East, Congress wanted Americans to slow down to conserve fuel. But it couldn't institute a national speed limit, so lawmakers tried to compel the states do it, passing a law to withhold highway funding from states that didn't set the

. (Congress repealed the law in 1995.)Washington pulled a similar move, when it forced states to raise the drinking age to 21 if they wanted highway money.But just as often, the courts have pushed back against what they view as Washington overreach."When you boil it down, the delivery of public health interventions resides, really, at the state and local level," said Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation."That's been the model since very early on in our republic." headtopics.com

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chân tình , ít nói , nhưng vui tính Yes!!! 👍👏👏👏👏👏 What is wrong with these people? They want a way out, they're given one and don't want it. Yep, the power lies with the states. And they should be taking a page out of the Ronald Reagan playbook: get vaccinated and back into class, or get fired. I don't think that is the reason. I think that they are afraid of it. I worked with children and you do pick up their little germs. But I didn't want any vaccine for flu, because I would always get the FLU after it. Sicker than I would have been However, we all had baby shots.

Teacher's put on their pants just like the rest of us. No reason for them to get a shot before anyone else. Schools should be open now!!!! science ScienceMatters Everyone knows teachers aren’t essential. But gotta get our kids back to school. Conspiracy theory: all lies lies lies By the time vaccine production can meet the demand, we'll all be running around all bundled up like the Sand People on the Mandalorian!

The way they (aren't) tackling this, it's going to take ten years to give everyone a shot that wants one! Federalism is a cop out when it comes to this public health crisis. 100 mass vaccination centers is chickenscratch - should be 1000 run by the military. Get er done! Yet 28 states allow some or all teachers to be vaccinated. Interesting headline.

Republicans-“Public schools are run by socialists!! They are teaching children to hate America!!” Also Republicans-“Schools need to open now!! Children need to be in school!” Is not about making the states respond in a certain way, it's about being a full partner with the states in crafting an effective response!

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Biden understanding the limits of the federal govt. refreshing. I would withhold federal assistance for schools until the state vaccinate their teachers. People do want nor trust that damn vaccine. More people don't trust the government than you might think. Hell I'm one of them. Disgusting how you cover for Biden.

No one can be forced to take the vaccine. It is important to offer the vaccine to any teacher or staff member who wants to take it. He can override that by making it available to them directly. Schools are particularly federally funded. Teachers don’t need to be vaccinated first. The elderly and the sick do. I’ve been working along with millions of others every day of the “pandemic” and no reason teachers couldn’t be either. Retail/restaurant works should get first. They see way more/different people each day.

El coronavirus es una estafa farmacéutica y estafa política por los medios angloamericanos. Good. And why the US will be a disaster every time a new virus comes along. It’s a national security issue for the country and the world that they believe in the freedom of viruses to proliferate Then no complaining from them that schools are not reopening fast enough...oh wait, that's exactly what GOP run states are doing this for...

Are more than half those states Republican governed? Biden sucks