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The cost of health care
Obama health plan to cost $75 billion -analysis
WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system would cost the federal government $75 billion the first year but would provide health insurance for 95 percent of Americans, consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday.
“The plan would increase to $1 trillion cumulatively by 2018 or approximately $130 billion per year,” the report said.
I found your headline on the cost of the O’Bama health plan very misleading. The $75 Billion” figure doesn’t specify if this the total cost or annual cost. Only by reading the article, does the reader learn that the cost will go over $1 Trillion and be $130 Billion annually by 2018, less than 10 years away.
This is very important information for all online users, whether they read the article or not. The majority will read the headline and be mislead by the true cost of the program.
Please don’t mislead the readers, either intentionally or otherwise.
Several readers wrote in to say the headline should have put the $75 billion figure into context: GBU Editor