Did you mean (assuming we have single payer) _‘encourages’_people working independently?
You make some good points re control. But as we all know, corporations are concerned primarily with one item: Profits. It would take some serious accounting work but I still have to believe that after factoring in the bargaining chip of a quality healthcare plan (usually available only to management) vs eliminating all healthcare costs for present and past employees, the latter would save money. And since we’re only talking about U.S. corporations - you know, the only country without some government involvement in healthcare - these companies are competing against other foreign entities being subsidized.
I agree completely that the last thing the wealthy and corporations want is for the masses to recognize the benefits of organizing for the majority’s common good. It would be as if the entire population of the working class were acting as one giant union if we voted for single payer by electing those who support it. That’s the reason why the right constantly undercuts any collective efforts, such as ACORN, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and, of course, unions.
The elephant in the room is obviously how to pay for it. By any credible study and common sense, single payer is cheaper because of vastly lower overhead and bargaining power by the government. But, to pacify the naysayers, I still wouldn’t make it SEEM free. Just like the SS and Medicare payroll taxes we now pay, means testing seems the fairest way.
For those concerned about obliterating private insurers, many will still be standing. They’ll have to adjust and customize their prices and policies. As we all contribute to public schools, a certain percentage of the the financially comfortable and those who don’t trust government still opt for private education. Yes, conservatives and libertarians, I’m talking about something near and dear to your heart - real competition!! … from that inept and wasteful government of ours.
Finally, what is it worth to never worry about healthcare coverage? It’s the leading cause of bankruptcy and who knows the toll on stress levels. Most of all, it’s the most humane, as every citizen is covered, regardless of income or job vagaries.