This kind of pie in the sky response is what bothers me most. It’s not being honest to the American people. It might be possible to argue that overall Americans would spend less on healthcare because they would no longer have to pay insurance premiums, but the suggestion there would be no tax increase, or only a small one is false, dishonest and flat out Trump level demagoguery.
So is the suggestion we can just take it out of defense. We do spend a lot on defense, it’s about 5% of GDP. By comparison our healthcare spending as a nation right now is about 18% of GDP. About half of that already is government healthcare spending. Taxes already pay for nearly twice as much healthcare spending as defense spending. If you think just cutting defense can expand Medicare to all you are being delusional. It’s not an honest approach to the discussion.
I think single payer may have merit, but it should be discussed on its true merits and costs.