CBS Frets Over Fate of ObamaCare: Constitutional Amendment Needed?

The journalists at CBS on Friday once again plotted strategy with a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Talking to Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-host Anthony Mason worried that ObamaCare might be overturned. (Back in federal court again, it faced a skeptical reaction this week from judges.) 

Mason fretted that a constitutional amendment may be needed to protect it: “...A federal court appeared sympathetic to arguments that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Do you think we need a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to health care?” 

 

 

Regarding the ongoing fight between far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi, co-host Tony Dokoupil worried about the impact: “The intramural fighting, do you think Nancy Pelosi was right to call out the tweets? Do you think it's going to go away?” 

The journalists at CBS This Morning have a habit of spinning for 2020 Democrats. On May 3, they had Klobuchar on and completely ignored the controversy of her mistreating staff. The hosts did so again on Friday. 

On July 3, Gayle King talked to 2020 contender Julian Castro and said of illegal border crossings: “Are we criminalizing desperation?” On Thursday, the This Morning crew talked to far-left Democrat Tom Steyer and somehow managed to never call him a liberal or a progressive. 

A partial transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

CBS This Morning
7/12/19

8:05 AM ET 

TONY DOKOUPIL: For now, though, first on CBS This Morning, 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is revealing a comprehensive new proposal to help older Americans and their families. The Minnesota Democrat’s plan would assist people with Alzheimer's and other medical conditions. It also calls for strengthening Medicare and Social Security reducing drug costs, creating personal savings accounts to help Americans save for retirement. And — there’s a lot in this plan, ensuring paid family leave for all. Senator Klobuchar is with us as part of our continuing series The Road to 2020. Senator, good morning.

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: Thanks, thanks. It’s great to be on. 

DOKOUPIL: Thank you for being here. So, politics is always personal in part. But this plan feels a little more personal than most because your father struggled with Alzheimer’s. How did that impact how you put it together? 

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DOKOUPIL: There’s this story that's been dominated headlines out of Congress this week and . It's a rift between Nancy Pelosi and some younger congresswomen in her party, in your party. Nancy Pelosi scolded them, is a term I would use, for some tweets. The intramural fighting, do you think Nancy Pelosi was right to call out the tweets? Do you think it's going to go away? 

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ANTHONY MASON: I want to go back to health care because a  federal court appeared sympathetic to arguments that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Do you think we need a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to health care? 

KLOBUCHAR: If we had the political environment where we could pass something like that, that would be good because I see health care as a right, not a privilege. But right now, my focus is on, one, protecting the Affordable Care Act so people can't get thrown off their insurance, which would be devastating for so many people in this country if they have any pre-existing condition.

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