Without the mandate, you have millions of sick people being added to insurance rolls but no healthy ones.
“I think the ‘mandate is merely a tax’ argument is a dodge,” he says bluntly.
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Karzai has tried to win votes and a mandate wherever he can.
The mandate prevents insurance companies from shifting their promotional costs to consumers, Clinton said.
If these ten millions are ignorant by whose past law and mandate and present practice is this true?
The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.
Hastening to obey the mandate, they departed with their utmost speed, happy that their scalps were not numbered with the booty.
It was the mandate of his instinct that that head must be free.
The more Kate considered the mandate, the more confusing it seemed.
"judicial or legal order," c.1500, from Middle French mandat (15c.) and directly from Latin mandatum "commission, command, order," noun use of neuter past participle of mandare "to order, commit to one's charge," literally "to give into one's hand," probably from manus "hand" (see manual) + dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Political sense of "approval supposedly conferred by voters to the policies or slogans advocated by winners of an election" is from 1796. League of Nations sense is from 1919.
1620s, "to command," from mandate (n.). Meaning "to delegate authority, permit to act on behalf of a group" is from 1958; used earlier in the context of the League of Nations, "to authorize a power to control a certain territory for some specified purpose" (1919). Related: Mandated; mandating.
A command or an expression of a desire, especially by a group of voters for a political program. Politicians elected in landslide victories often claim that their policies have received a mandate from the voters.