If you want something for “free,” make sure the government isn’t the payor. It’s a classic moral hazard.
In the case of any shortfall of the “free” good or service, the government will appeal to the people they saddled with the costs. AKA taxpayers. It’s the taxpayers fault for not paying enough. Or, it’s the taxpayers who are being hurt (by our policies) and must have relief!
Raising taxes is one solution. Reducing services is another. Doing both is optimal for your government. And when the drain on the Treasury can be reduced by eliminating customers… well health care isn’t where you want that to happen.
Those of you who think corporations are dispassionate have never considered the heights of dispassion available to the organization that controls the currency and monopolizes the ‘legal’ use of deadly force. Which may come from a gun or a syringe.