Japan already has the system that proponents of ObamaCare eventually want to install here in America. So let's take a look at how it works in the real world.
After Mom reassured me about my father's condition, she started talking about last year around this time, when she had to have stomach surgery.
"Oh Sachi, the care I received was wonderful!" she said; "I stayed in a private room which was like in a nice hotel. It had a private bathroom. The nurses were nice. The doctors were wonderful. I spent nine days in the hospital and only paid ¥80,000!" [About 800 dollars]
"Really?" I asked; "government insurance actually covered all that?"
"Oh, of course not; I have three insurance policies," she proudly announced.
Before retirement, my father was a patent attorney. As a private business owner, he had to pay an exorbitant government insurance premium, both for himself and his three employees. But he always knew that would never be enough coverage, so he purchased two more private insurance policies. In other words, he spent more than twice as much on health insurance as a typical American spends now, pre-ObamaCare.
But even those extra policies wouldn't cover the VIP treatment my Mom got. I asked a few more questions, and she finally spilled the beans:
"I was supposed to be in a 4-person room. But I had a private room all to myself, thanks to your uncle."
Ah, my uncle the hospital administrator. I'd forgotten about him!