My 59-year-old mother is learning about trinomials and the subjunctive.
When she is not working, she goes to algebra class, to French, to programming.
As long as she can carry a halftime load at the local college, she is not
one of the 41.2 million uninsured in the United States. Because her job does
not offer benefits, she has no employer-based care. Because a doctor once
wrote in a chart that she might have emphysema (which she apparently does
not), she has been refused coverage from the major private carriers. Because
she is not disabled or blind, and I am no longer a minor, she is not eligible
for Medicaid. Because neither of us could afford the $796 per month "safety-net"
coverage she was offered in her state, we pay tuition at the local college,
and she sits up late at night doing homework.