Republicans can take heart on this sad Obamacare enrollment good news day because they've achieved something in their relentless war on health insurance: They've kept millions of children off of the health care coverage rolls.
The majority of children not covered by any kind of insurance are in red states, and in those states that refused to take Medicaid expansion. In those states, the Kaiser Family Foundation finds,
75 percent of the uninsured are children.
While all states have already significantly expanded coverage to children through Medicaid and CHIP, not all eligible children are enrolled in the program due to lack of parent knowledge about their eligibility and historic enrollment barriers. Over 5.2 million of the 14 million (37%) currently uninsured individuals who are estimated to be eligible for Medicaid in 2014 are children. In states not implementing the Medicaid expansion, children account for 75% of the uninsured eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.