" in Canada and other single-payer nations, it's paid for in higher taxes whether you need it or not"
At least, even if this is partially true, Canadians, and Europeans, with universal healthcare actually have their tax dollars work FOR them!
I pay a lot in taxes, yet, I have never gotten back any of it. I don't drive, so I don't use the highways, I never had children, never used the pubic school system. You get my point.
It would be nice if some day taxes were restructured in the US according to services we actually use, but that sure isn't going to happen.
What's hilarious is the GOP freaks calling Obama a Socialist, well, we've had many programs, which can be deemed of socialist, going on for years, they're called Medicare and Medicaid. The problem is every US citizen should be part of this 'free', or very low cost, healthcare equation, but we are not.
A friend was on Medicaid for three years, he called it the "gold standard" of healthcare, many doctors now accept Medicaid, so it's not as if you get clinic level healthcare while on Medicaid.
My friend said there was no red tape, no denying procedures, he had small co-pays for doctor visits and diagnostic tests, he didn't pay premiums for the insurance. Most importantly, thanks to having Medicaid during that time, he was diagnosed with cancer and survived!
To think we live in a country where having no health insurance can literally bankrupt us OR we could die, is absolutely disgusting. Yet we continue to give billions in foreign aid out year after year.