Has anyone considered this?
One of the goals of single-payer health insurance is to put the health insurance companies out of business. Another is to reduce the paperwork load at doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals and for other health care providers.
In fact, without accomplishing those two goals, it's unlikely that single-payer health insurance will show a savings, as another goal (perhaps not stated explicitly) is to increase the utilization of health care services, and that represents a big increase in costs. The offset that leads to a net savings is largely the elimination of health insurance companies and the clerical personnel health care providers employ to deal with insurance.
According the the EPI, health insurers employ more than 444,000 workers. According to the BLS, health care providers employ more than 2.4 million workers in "Office and administrative support occupations" (bottom of Table 2, middle of the page). It seems fair to assume that at least 1/4 of those - about 600,000 workers - are needed to deal with insurance red tape. That's probably an underestimate.
So it would seem single-payer means that over 1 million people will lose their jobs. The incoming adminstration hopes to create 3 million jobs over the next 2 years (not allowing for the loss of 1 million health insurance related jobs), so the loss of an additional million jobs is significant. What happens to the 1 million who lose their health insurance related jobs?
I'd be surprised to find anyone here hateful enough to just say "Who cares?" or "They deserve it!". While I think it's likely that single-payer will overall create more jobs (for example, by lifting the health insurance burden from employers), I think it's unlikely that any of those losing their jobs as the health insurers disappear are going to become future auto workers, or find work in the areas targetted by the proposed stimulus package - infrastructure, education and health care. They simply lack, for the most part, the necessary skills as well as not necessarily being in a location where the new job creation will occur.
To achieve the savings single-payer advocates envision, it's actually necessary to eliminate those 1 million+ paychecks.
So again, what in the single-payer plan provides for the needs of the over 1 million people who will lose their jobs, and the effects those job losses will have on the economy?