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Alexis Leondis

Lying Flat Without Health Insurance Is Very Uncomfortable

Maybe the pandemic would have convinced more Americans to pause their careers if the health-care system wasn’t so likely to cut them off.



Photographer: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

It’s one of the most popular pandemic myths: the one about all those millennial Americans who’ve supposedly hit the pause button in promising careers in a quest for more meaningful lives.

The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms the less romantic reality that my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Justin Fox and others have identified — the record percentage of Americans quitting their jobs is being driven by turnover among low-income workers in certain industries, not by burned out white-collar workers.