Carrol Cox wrote:
> She could get a job, but not one that immediately began providing
> medical benefits, so going to work (and thereby recovering her mental
> health) would have been fatal to her child.

The dead tree version of a review of David Shipler's "The Working
Poor: Invisible in America" can be found on pages 76-77 in the Time
magazine issue dated Feb. 16, 2004.  The recycled electrons version
is at,9171,1101040216-588868,00.html

The review starts off with:

    Early in his tour around the bleak world of low-paying jobs, David
    Shipler describes a kind of domino model of a downward economic
    spiral. "A rundown apartment can exacerbate a child's asthma, which
    leads to a call for an ambulance, which generates a medical bill that
    cannot be paid, which ruins a credit record, which hikes the interest
    rate on an auto loan, which forces the purchase of an unreliable used
    car, which jeopardizes a mother's punctuality at work, which limits
    her promotions and earning capacity, which confines her to poor
    housing." Which exacerbates the asthma, and so on.

    Rick Parker