I'm not sure how you could actually make for a worse situation.
The eviction moratorium was "allowed" to expire, so they say. Except that's not what happened.
Landlords and others sued, it went to the USSC, and the decision was taken to force expiration as-scheduled rather than issue an immediate injunction. There had been conflicting decisions from lower courts which is how you basically always get into the USSC in the first place.
Kavanaugh issued a rather-stern warning: Any future extension had to be done by Congress, as the CDC had exceeded its authority.
I don't really care what the CDC claims in terms of authority. The Constitution is very clear: The government can take private property for public use but must pay for it at fair market value. Money has time value, which is why you must pay your mortgage or rent on a given day. You can pay early (voluntarily surrendering the additional time value) but not late without being penalized.
I remind you: Trump did this originally. Yes, Biden continued it, but who did it in the first place, knowing damn well what the 5th Amendment says?
If the government wishes to suspend that obligation for an alleged public purpose, no matter how good the purpose and how just it must pay the money that it prevented the landlord from receiving. It can, entirely constitutionally, create a debt by the person who it pays on behalf of but it cannot threaten to fine and throw people in jail for collecting a privately-contracted housing agreement.
We can have a debate over whether the CDC is acting wisely but that's not the purpose of this column; indeed, such a debate becomes whole of government really, really quickly -- including DHS/HHS busing known Covid-positive illegal immigrants all over the United States and dropping them in communities with zero quarantine requirements and even without notifying local officials so they could show up and impose one.
But this column is about the very narrow question: Does the last clause of the 5th Amendment still exist?
And if it does not, since I do not recall any formal, constitutional process to revoke it, perhaps you can inform me in the comments why anyone should pay any attention to any law at any level -- local, state or federal?
After all if the highest law of the land -- that which all other laws must conform to -- is toilet paper then perhaps its time for us to start drafting a document that begins "When in the course of human events...."
Then again, if you want to know why the CDC and Biden did this, just read this column and note the date. We have allowed this to go on for decades, haven't we?