JMP, health care insurance is usually covered by the employer for the employee, and family members are covered if paid by the employee. Since I'm blissfully single, I haven't had to deal with it, so I'm kind of in the dark. The hospital system just went over to Cigna HMO as of Jan 1 so they would have to quote you, based on age, history, etc. Each employer will have different ways of dealing with it.
Taxes here are moderate. I don't know how it will affect non-citizens. And again based on income level. I bring home about 70% of my salary... the rest goes to taxes, Medicare (which is a joke)....
All of these things are so dependent on circumstances,,,
Living here isn't real cheap, but sure is gorgeous! Our food, gas, etc all has to be trucked in but I really don't mind!
You can check out the local scene at http://www.azdailysun.com/news/
which is our sorry excuse for a newspaper (I don't subscribe!) but the site has some of the classifed and links to lots of real estate, jobs, etc...
Keep me posted!