The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 did exactly that. In the next school year all kids will be made to buy a fresh fruit or veggie or pay a higher price for their meal (from what I have read).
This is an individual mandate. It passed easily in the House and no one in the Senate voted against it. As your Republican Congress critters about this.
It’s called “extortion”.
Normally, congress can’t pass a law mandating citizens to buy or participate in anything so they pass a law that includes funding for such programs.
If the states or cities don’t comply, the fed just pulls the funds.
Now that states or cities are using taxpayers money from the federal level as part of their yearly budgeting process, the states or cities comply with the mandate in fear of lossing the funding.
HHS is trying to stop funds to Texas over Planned Barenhood abortions. There are other examples.
Extortion by lawmakers, plain and simple.
That's mostly true. In Roll Call 603 I see 157 NOES, including 4 Dems, in the House with just 17 Republican AYES. The Senate, however, was by unanimous consent.
You have an interesting take on the act as an individual mandate. It might be worth exploring further.