Public Health Care Programs Kept Millions From Becoming Uninsured

For all of the GOP’s efforts to demonize and underfund public health care programs, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare have played an absolutely crucial role in filling the gaps in America’s very broken health care system. They’ve kept millions of people from becoming uninsured and have helped “offset the continuing decline in job-based coverage”:

As this CDC report demonstrates, children have also greatly benefited from CHIP, which has actually picked up the slack from private insurers:

These are pictures to keep in mind the next time GOP offers drastic cuts to public insurance or argue for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would only strengthen safety-net providers and expand Medicaid eligibility.