A “humanist enlightened” society functions more efficiently if its citizens are healthy. So, it makes sense for a society to assure that all its citizens get decent health care. If only those who can pay for it get adequate care, then many are left out. When they are sick enough they can’t work, spread illness, go to emergency wards but can’t pay so the government ends up not getting taxes from them, having more citizens not working, and paying the emergency wards for caring for the indegent.
Other than the workers and their families, themselves, who suffers the most when the person can’t work? The answer is the companies who employ them.
If the government automatically paid for the health services provided for all citizens (single payer), people would get preventive care, and be treated much earlier so the citizens would be far healthier. Where, however, would the government get the money to pay for this? The answer has to be taxation.
The government can tax the citizens for health care. To assure that people have enough money to live and pay those taxes we would have to raise the minimum wage a few dollars an hour (which the employers would pay). But the workers who are ill can’t work and can’t pay taxes.
And, workers who are laid off because their employers moved overseas couldn’t pay taxes. This means the few still working would have to pay more taxes, so the minimum wage would go up again. More employers would move overseas. Soon, we’d have a very large number of people on unemployment or welfare. There’d be little wages to buy goods, so the employers would go out of business.
Instead, we tax the employers for health care, they benefit by having healthy, productive workers, they keep the jobs in the U.S., more people get jobs and make wages, more goods are bought, the employers are happy, the employees are happy and healthy, and the only people who are upset are the conservatives who are so short-sighted they can’t understand the reasoning.