June 14th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
4 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. shawn

    Good for her. Did GW Bush actually do something well and raise independent, intelligent daughters?

    June 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Health should be a right for everyone."

    Yeah, everyone does have a "right" to health, a right complimented by everyone's own personal responsibility to maintain it. But no one has a "right" to raid the public treasury–i.e., their neighbour's wallets–to pay their own medical bills.

    "Why do, basically, people with money have good health care and why do people who live on lower salaries not have good health care?"

    Because people with more money can afford better stuff. People with more money can afford nicer cars and bigger houses–and better medical care.

    June 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. sonny chapman

    The girl's got a heart ! She must take after George H.W.'s side of the family. After all, he did yearn for a Kinder, Gentler Nation;and was promptly considered a "wimp" by GOP power guys, even though he was a WWII volunteer fighter; unlike many of them.

    June 14, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Joyce

    Good for her! Shows she has a mind of her own and can stand up for what she believes iin.

    June 14, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. About Time

    Let's see, Barbara likes healthcare for everyone, her Mom says Gay people should have the same marriage rights as other Americans.

    Hmmm, maybe if Republicans acted a little more like human beings and Americans who stick up for each other and not just tow the party line the GOP might not be in so much trouble. But I don't think we have to worry about that happening.

    June 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. GL

    This is President Obama base – the young Republicans and Democrates. They do not think like their parents and are move compassion toward the poor. President Obama needs to keep the young happen and he will win in 2012.

    June 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. midwestmatt

    Hmmm...the lunacy stopped with her dad then. Thank goodness.

    June 14, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Alex

    The same question was asked about education many many years ago.

    June 14, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Wait a minute –

    Someone with the last name Bush and has that DNA in her veins has common sense?

    I'm calling Ripley's!

    June 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Jeremy

    The idiot didn't fall far from the idiot tree.

    June 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Laverne

    Finally a Bush with some common sense. It is refreshing to see that all republicans are not sticking to the same old talking points! Good for your Barbara Bush!

    June 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Loubo

    Well obviously, she like most of the rest of humanity, including Obama, did not read the bill. I amazes me how these people can make a comment on something they have no knowledge of. I guess that's why they call them Democrats.

    June 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Rich

    Healthcare is NOT a right. It is a SERVICE. It's the same thing as saying everyone has a right to a job. It's not the governments job to give you things you should get on your own. If you stay in school, study hard, get a job, you will have healthcare insurance. It's the governments job to create an environment that allows for personal success. Society, not the government is messing things up. Lack of morality, lack of honesty, lack of character, lack of disipline, lack of family, lack of religion, lack of a conscience are the reasons why people do not succeed. The government can not provide all those things, you need to learn them and keep them yourself.

    June 14, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Bob-Texas

    WOW a Bush with a brain. Did you see on 20/20 that our Military Computer system was hacked and a foreign government was in our sysem for days. But Bush never told the public. It would reflect bad on his administration. Is that what you all want in November?

    June 14, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Donald Black

    Wow! a pragmatic republican. She should run for office. With more like her, I might decide to return to the party.

    June 14, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Rosslaw

    If she ever changes her mind about running, I will consider the impossible in terms of looking seriously at voting for a Bush.

    June 14, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Russ H

    Doesn't sound like she has read it. I am not republican or democrat but this health bill is not right. Its only for the dead beats. I am not talking about people who lost their jobs, handicap or children. Only about the ones that are not legal in country and those who sit around and do nothing except get everything free.

    June 14, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Diane

    Barbara Bush basically follows her mother Laura's political bent, which is Democratic. This doesn't surprise me.

    June 14, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Michael

    Finally, an intelligent, soulful comment by a Bush! Welcome to the human family, Barbara; we are proud of you.
    Those genes must have come from Laura.

    June 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Gerry Doire

    At least she speaks her own mind, which is a good thing :)

    June 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. jim

    "Health (care) should be a right for everyone."

    THIS IS A KEY STATEMENT

    i'm not big on entitlements, not even remotely so, but this one, i think, is important.

    June 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Geoz

    Finally a Bush that said something smart. Not since the last Barbara Bush have I heard such sense.

    June 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. jean

    Finally, a Republican who tells the truth. I for one am proud of this Bush.

    June 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Dave VA

    Wow....now that's a pleasant surprise!

    June 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Michael

    Can this be a seed to "United we stand" There is so much we can disagree on but good Health Care should unite us. A healthy society will benefit all rich and poor togeter will make advancements beyond our dreams.

    June 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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