My favorite topic.
NPR's got a great series running on changing life through work. One story was about a 57 yr old public school speech therapist earning about $40/hr and switching to being a bagger at the local Safeway for about $8/hr. He said it only required 16 hours per week to be eligible for full medical and dental. He didn't need the income but felt vulnerable without health insurance. It's unfortunate that jobs and health coverage are so tightly linked.
The series is great. There are four stories so far.