Maybe it’s because three areas the government heavily regulates in the name of “helping” us are increasing in cost far faster than inflation. It’s education, housing, and healthcare.
Also, shifting who pays the bill for healthcare isn’t going to lower healthcare spending as a percent of GDP. We’ll only truly lower spending if people start to make healthier decisions. 40% of healthcare spending is on preventable chronic conditions. 50% of the spending is on 5% of the people. How do other countries treat that 5% of people? No one ever wants to talk about those facts when they discuss healthcare. They just want to argue over who should pay the bill. Changing who pays isn’t going to prevent the bill from increasing at 2-3x inflation and eating up more and more of our economy. If anything, further hiding consumers from the cost is only going to increase costs.
Most countries with universal care are starting to have massive budget problems with it as their population ages and people live longer. The market for private insurance and doctors is growing rapidly in Canada. If national healthcare is to great and “free” to them, then why on earth would they pay extra money for private care? No one wants to discuss wait times in Canada and how much longer they are than in the US. Those are facts that can’t be disputed.
The healthcare debate is one of the most irrational things in this country. It boils down to pure opinion and outright ignoring all facts and data. We really are screwed.