CABJ + Richardrocks, I don't know if health insurance is increasing over 20% a year in the US. I did check to see what health insurance rates are in the US if I had to pay out of pocket. I found that I could get an HMO for around $400. That's not all that far from what I am paying in Argentina (around $750 pesos at the moment, due to go up 4% in August). A better plan was more like $700 dollars. That's a lot of money but salaries are also a lot more, so I think the rate would be manageable with a decent job. Consider that to pay 750 pesos a month you have to have a good income in Argentina. Few people can pay that much in this country. As for your comment that the solution is to return to the US, I think you have missed the point. Returning might be the solution for some people but not for others. Some people like it here, some have Argentine spouses who can't or don't want to leave the country, others are Argentine nationals who can't get visas to work in the US - and maybe don't want to leave anyway. What about all these people? it's a bit cavalier to tell them to go, a bit like saying "eat cake". It really is not important what the price of health insurance in the US is, the point is that if we live here we have to deal with the local economy and I was just pointing out that health insurance is becoming an issue here for some of us.