103,000,000 Americans now receive government subsidized coverage for medical bills under a one of several programs – Medicare, Medicaid, CHIPs and the ACA.
In addition, 159 million Americans have the benefit of tax- free employer coverage and many get to pay their share of premiums tax-free as well. Of the 159 million about 60% have employer self- funded coverage.
None of these Americans receive government provided health care.
Why is it so hard for many Americans to accept a single payer system combining all these programs into one financed by taxes – worker and employer – and premiums and modest out-of-pocket costs?
A 6% payroll tax on employers would generate roughly $534,000,000,000 per year.