In the New York Times’ Well column, oncology nurse Theresa Brown tells a heartbreaking anecdote about an underinsured patient with leukemia who died while searching for better health care. Brown asks a question that cuts to the heart of the debate over health care reform:

Can we all agree that the worry provoked by any kind of serious illness should not be compounded with the concern that we cannot afford the treatment we need?

I sure hope so.