I don't pay anywhere near that. Less than that per year. My parents have great health insurance that they pay for out of their retirement income and it isn't anywhere near that per month. Far less than 1/8th that cost for both if them. They are 82 and 79 years old. I'm not sure where $1700/month comes from. I hea it all the time but no one can cite a real honest example. They always say "That's what I have to pay!" but their real life finances don't total $1500/month take-home. Trust my anecdotal evidence. I work in healthcare and live in a VERY rural and VERY poor part of northern New York state. No one here is forking over $1700/month for health insurance, unless you're talking about a company with several employees who pay for their employees' benefits. My employer does not pay for mine. I do.