Here's why I wanted that second chart: If you're a diehard fan of The New York Times, like me, you'll be inclined to buy this argument. You'll trust
I thought that this could be a great example for class, so I began looking for the data. I visited the CBO report mentioned in the story, and found the one from last year. Here's a screenshot of the most recent projection of total Medicare spending in the next ten years:
I was planning to design the second line chart myself but, fortunately, Kevin Quealy, author of the original graphic, had already done it. See it below. Numbers are in millions of dollars.
I'll stick to my guns in this case: Both charts are equally relevant to the story. I'd publish them next to each other. The future certainly looks brighter than a year ago, but not as bright as the first chart may lead us to think. Alex Walsh made an additional interesting suggestion.
UPDATE: Sanger-Katz has just shared a link to a story explaining demographic trends.
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