Healthcare spending per capita is lower in Utah than in Canada. Healthcare in the USA is much too expensive due to corruption in state government,so before looking at paying for healthcare thorough taxes, the federal government should be looking at taking over healthcare regulation from the states. Heathcare for the poor is already paid for by Gov taxes, they are focusing on the wrong thing. The more the feds pay for it through fed taxes the less incentive the states have to address the problem of high cost.
Short of taking over regulation a way to push the states would be to give all the money that the feds now spend on healthcare to the states on a per capita age adjusted basis to the states and tell the states you must cover the old and the poor.