A family of four has a combined income of 100K. A retirement/college stash of 100K. One spouse gets MS and cannot work anymore. Things are tight but the other spouse made the most money and had the insurance. The spouse with MS deteriorates until they are bedridden and need almost constant care. Very expensive. Now the second spouse loses their job.
What sort of health care system will keep this family from being crushed by medical bills and wiping out their savings?
Single payer in general delivers the right balance of care v cost.
The problem with single payer, politically, is:
It goes against the American mythos
The benefits are hard to see because of the way they accrue. People have a difficult time visualizing lifetime costs and doing proper baseline comparisons. They see that big tax bill right up front, though. They also don’t see that under the current system they are still paying for those that they believe “they have no responsibility for”.