On September 9, President Obama addressed a rare, joint session of Congress. His topic was health care reform. Universal health care is something every Russian citizen already gets from their government. But in the United States, the World’s richest country, it’s a big deal and a bitter debate. In America, if you get very sick, you probably go broke. Illness is the leading cause of bankruptcy here, and it’s why many Americans lose their homes. Our health care system is by far the most costly in the World and one of the most inefficient. In the last election, big change in America’s health care system was a major plank in the Democratic Party’s platform and one of Obama’s key campaign promises. The idea was a single payer system, something like what exists in Canada, England, Germany, Russia and other civilized countries. But at the US Capitol, Obama moved away from that.