June 14th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Bush daughter 'glad' Obama health care passed

Barbara Bush with her father, former President George W. Bush, in 2008.
Barbara Bush with her father, former President George W. Bush, in 2008.

(CNN) - One of the daughters of former President George W. Bush isn't following the Republican Party line when it comes to the issue of the health care legislation that cleared Congress last spring without any GOP support.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Barbara Bush said she's "glad" Democrats passed the massive spending measure and President Barack Obama signed it into law.

"Why do, basically, people with money have good health care and why do people who live on lower salaries not have good health care?" the 28-year old said. "Health should be a right for everyone."

Asked specifically what she though about the president's health care initiative, Bush replied with a smile, "That is a good question - obviously the health care reform bill was highly debated by a lot of people and I guess I'm glad the bill was passed."

The Democratic health care effort was deeply opposed by Republican members of Congress who derided its more-than $800 billion price tag and said it will do little to contain health rising care costs down the road.

Bush runs the Global Health Corps, a nonprofit group that aims to connect "outstanding young leaders with organizations working on the front lines in order to promote global health equity," according to the organization's website.

In the same interview, Bush said she doesn't see herself ever running for political office.


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  1. Russ in Benton AR

    She must be adopted no natural born Busch is that intelligent.

    June 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Abe

    I am glad you were not thinking like your father. It is humane of you to think for the people with lower incomes who cannot afford health coverage like the rich or the privileged. The health of our nation should not differentiate rich/ poor and this country belongs to all of us and should be treated the same way.

    June 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. KEN HERBER

    Good for you Barbara!! You could possibly convert the NO PARTY to something a lot more democratic.

    June 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Erik

    I always knew there was a reason I liked her.

    June 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Rick

    Started with his wife, now a kid. His own family opposed the W administration.

    June 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Pedro

    A Bush with a brain. Weird.

    June 14, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Ken

    I think a yacht should be a right for everyone. It is not fair that some people have yachts, and others do not. This is a horrible injustice and the Government should level the playing field by funding yachts for everyone. Having a yacht provided by the government is a right.

    June 14, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Richard

    Barbara has a social conscience that her father seemed to lack as he served big business at "main street's" expense! Good for her for speaking out.

    June 14, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh my God, what an idea, healthcare for everyone!!!

    ...but wait a minute, that is such a Socialist idea, so it must be evil and bad. Only rich people should have healthcare, and they should also be able to have the rest of us sprawl on the floor so they can walk on us too.

    Good for Barbara, always liked her for some reason, now I know why, she actually has a soul.

    Though she better watch out for Barbara (Mrs GHW Bush), there will be vengeance for these comments and that woman is capable of drinking the blood of babies.

    June 14, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. The reality is...

    so what? does that mean we all should jump on the bandwagon? It's a bad idea, especially when it demands that we all lose our right to choose whether or not we want health insurance. And don't give me that line about mandatory auto insurance because that is only if you choose to drive an auto.

    The bill should be repealed.

    I don't just "guess" I'm disappointed the bill passed, I KNOW I'm disappointed.

    June 14, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Benny

    Glad to see a Republican can actually be an independent thinker!

    June 14, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. jbb

    I'm so glad that she understands things that most Republicans. I'm retired and have health ins., but there are so many who go with out just the basic health care that is so unnecessary in this great country of ours. You go girl!!!

    June 14, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Myron

    A Republican with a heart. Yay.

    June 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. buccakenji

    Another example of youth making demands of government that their parents must pay for. The youth of this country have not gotten to the point where THEY are the taxpayer heavily responsible for the spending of government. They will have a rude awakening soon that will shake the very foundation of their beliefs. I can only hope that it will not be too late to do something to reverse the permissive government they demand.

    June 14, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Living in America

    Glad to see someone can see the truth.

    June 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Jeremy

    The core law of Health Care Reform, that everyone has to get private insurance, was a Republican idea until Obama tried to pass it.

    June 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. James Cunningham

    Isn't it interesting that Ms. Bush stands to benefit financially from Mr. Obama's health care disaster? She has her hand out too just like all the other phoney RHINO's in the beltway Republican and Democrat establishments. Shame on her! Principle before personal gain? Not here. Shame on the Bush Family for what they did to the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln!

    June 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. frank from florida

    It seems that ALL of the Bush women, starting with Barbara Bush, are pretty descent women. They have all made statements that are contradictory to their menfolk's political psitions. I think if we had their women as president, instead of the Bush men, we might have been better off as a country and not so devided.

    June 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. SOPHIA

    Wow Bush has an intelligent daughter. WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT!

    June 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Mark from Canada

    Huh...maybe the apple did fall far from the tree

    June 14, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Stacie

    Thank you Barbara!

    June 14, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. lj

    Yea, a Bush with some brains!!!!!

    June 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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