Both the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives and the one that the Senate seems set to pass on Christmas Eve would begin to do away with such terrible choices, by making health insurance available to most everyone. That, by itself, would be a grand achievement.
It's not enough, though. Our health care system, as I'm sure you have heard by now, also suffers from soaring costs and uneven quality. For health reform to be a success, it needs to make major progress on those problems, too.