Allysia Finley makes the case for mandates in "Coffee is an essential benefit too." I like this part, turning the contraception/religious liberty debate on its head:
Republicans might argue that requiring Mormon charities to serve coffee is a violation of "religious liberty" since the Mormon church's doctrine proscribes coffee, but this argument is a red herring. Leading medical experts recommend drinking coffee. Moreover, 99% of adults have drunk coffee at one point in their lives (including most Mormons).The Minuteman is all in favor of the latte liberty: "Wake up and smell the (free!) coffee." And surely the insurance companies can get behind the "free" benefit of cough drops. After all, cough drops now means significant savings from throat surgery later.