24, and Back in the Fold

The New York Times

September 22, 2010


Once Lacey E. McLear turned 23 and aged out of her parents’ health insurance, she changed her route home from work to circumvent dangerous intersections. When she came down with the flu, she continued to wait tables (“I know, it’s gross,” she conceded) because she could not afford a doctor and could not skip work without a note. At Christmas, she strung lights only halfway up the tree, to avoid climbing a ladder.
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