Obviously it is not free any fool knows that. Ask the Germans or Canadians if they want our system of healthcare - they do not.
The same with single payer, the reason we won’t get there is because most Americans have what they consider better healthcare provided by their employer, and yes in most instances it is entirely “free” of cost to the employee. Mine was. Yes, everyone knows it is a cost to the employer (and ultimately the employee in lower wages or other benefits, like someone earning $250k/yr cares). The higher the salary the better the health care plan that is usually offered, as a perk.
As for taxes, so what. You don’t see Germans in the street protesting over it, nor Canadians either. Europeans are apparently more advanced than Americans, they feel it serves the whole of society to treat everyone fairly by providing good healthcare for everyone from the cradle to the grave. Besides that their income, after taxes, doesn’t go to overpriced tuition, child or eldercare, or extremely high deductibles, premiums or co-pays for health insurance providers. So what to do with what’s left? Nice home, nice cars and oh yeah, most Europeans travel 6+ weeks (or more) of the year, that is, they vacation (paid by their employer). Something few in this country have the means to do.