Why don’t U.S. businesses show more support for single-payer health care?

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Marketplace listener Brandon Haase from Short Hills, New Jersey, asked:

With ever-increasing healthcare costs for American businesses and workers, why don’t we see greater support for a single-payer healthcare system from the business community? It seems to me that American business is at a disadvantage to foreign competition that doesn’t have to provide health care to its workforce.

The U.S. has the world’s most expensive health care system. In 2019, health care spending reached nearly $4 trillion, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

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