Mandates are requirements imposed on consumers and businesses by bureaucrats and politicians in Washington. Their goal is to force people to engage in a specific type of government-approved behavior.
Yet such mandates profoundly disrupt the individual choice that is central to a prosperous and growing economy.
While mandates can be costly for some businesses, they provide an artificial boost for the companies and special interests favored by Uncle Sam. One example is the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that all transportation fuel sold in the United States contain a specified amount of renewable fuels—the vast majority of which is ethanol, made from corn.
This mandate has been big business for farming conglomerates that are harvesting bushels of cash as a result. And while it’s a boon for large farms, this mandate comes with a price tag for American consumers who pay roughly $10 billion annually in additional fuel costs.
Another example is the Obamacare mandate that every health insurance policy covers specific services whether patients use them or not—a rule that drives up costs while benefiting a select few health care companies.
These mandates and many others distort the market, increase costs, decrease choice and reward special interests rather than the American people.
Arlington, VA – Senator Tammy Baldwin has been making life more difficult for the people of Wisconsin at every step of her public career – supporting a billion dollars in higher taxes for Dane…
Arlington, VA – Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta will withdraw the Obama administration’s informal guidance for independent contractors and joint employment, in effect rolling back the 2015 mandate making it…
Download PDF Version
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has been circulating on Capitol Hill a memo purporting to set the record straight with “facts” about the Transitional Reinsurance Program. Unfortunately, BCBS doesn…
Freedom Partners Senior Policy Advisor Andy Koenig discussed the impact of occupational licensing laws on a recent episode of Full Measure, a weekly Sunday television news program.
“Millions of people, according to…