Omar Blames President Trump For Death Of 9-Month-Old Baby


Ilhan Omar blames President Trump for the death of a 9-month-old Texas baby but he’s not dead.

Omar tweeted: A nine month old died as a direct result of Trump’s cuts to Medicaid and CHIP. He is one of a million children to lose healthcare. Let that sink in.

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Twitchy:

Rep. Ilhan Omar is blaming President Trump for the death of this 9-month-old baby in Texas.

There’s just a few problems with her tweet, however. One, the 9-month-old isn’t dead (via the NYT):

HOUSTON — The baby’s lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen in the blood when his mother, Kristin Johnson, rushed him to an emergency room here last month.

Two, the hospital treated him even though he didn’t have insurance:

Only after he was admitted to intensive care with a respiratory virus did Ms. Johnson learn that he had been dropped from Medicaid coverage.

The 9-month-old, Elijah, had joined a growing number of children around the country with no health insurance, a trend that new Census Bureau data suggests is most pronounced in Texas and a handful of other states. Two of Elijah’s older siblings lost Medicaid coverage two years ago for reasons Ms. Johnson never understood, and she got so stymied trying to prove their eligibility that she gave up.

Three, he wasn’t covered because the mom didn’t submit the proper paperwork. More

No one gets denied medical treatment. Granted the treatment doesn’t always equal coverage, but if you go to a hospital they will treat you. Especially a child and especially if you enter through the ER. It is a law. You can’t be turned away. You get a social worker assigned and they figure out what you qualify for and how it will be paid. Doesn’t she know these laws?

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