February 19, 2011 3:40 PM

Middle-class conundrum: Too wealthy for aid, too poor to afford

For a long time, Laura and David Hinton were living their version of the American dream. But then David lost his job, and the family's health insurance. The Hintons found themselves grappling with impossible questions: How long should they wait out a fever before scheduling a doctor’s visit that might cost $125?

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