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. Francisco Cardenas

    Daughters of GOP politicians seem so much nicer and smarter than their fathers.

    June 14, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Ivan Goldberg

    They (The Bushes) raised their children to think for themselves, job well done George and Laura!

    June 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    Looks like daughter inherited Dad's spending ability..... Why is it a prerequisite for political office to be math-challenged? Only a Democrat and an alcoholic 28-year old could believe we can afford the Health Care bill....

    June 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Cat, Holt MO

    One smart Bush!! How about that!!

    June 14, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Gale

    At least she is honest. Dems would go to their graves blaming Bush for everything from WW! to Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill!

    June 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Ted

    And why should she "follow" the party line or her father's ideology – good for you Barbara. Nice to see young people with their own minds in political families

    June 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. A Not So Stupid American

    This is what happens when petty politics comes out of people's thinking.

    The Democrat's message on healthcare insurance reform is strong on the merits .... everything from this Administration is.

    I'd much rather have a President that focuses on the substance over the sizzle. I'm impressed that the daughters of our last President also share this preference.

    June 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Pete

    OK barb likes it that it passed,so get out her check book and write a check to pay for it. That will solve the entire problem, I do believe that 60+% of people were again it.
    If she pays for it Obama can refund all that moey he spent ,that is if he can get all his washington firends to return it to Tax payer. .I don't want one single goverment agency to touch it. it seems every time they do ,the money disappears. There would be no Social security probems today if some Deomcrat ,had kept sticky fingers out of the Till. That money was not theres it belonged to the everyday hard working American.I started work at 14 in bowling Alley settting pins.
    I consider that money stolen ,and some o0ne should be in jail for it .

    June 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Independent_me

    WOW!!
    A Bush with a heart, a conscience and a moral backbone!!!!! Who would have thought???

    She is absolutely right – the rich has access to the best health care in the world – and many amonng the poor has the second-best (Medficare and Medicaid) and the middle class is lucky to have any at all!

    Yet the Republican Party has been able to inspire the very people who have free socialist government health care to stand up against allowing the struggling middle class to get it....

    I wonder, what would Jesus say? After all, He was a socialist who gave free health care to all who came asking for it; He said that He would take from the rich and give to the poor. He and His disciples took a little boy's 5 fishes and re-distributed this wealth among the thousands gathered there that day...and worst but bot least – He and His disciples owned everything collectively, and not individually. Was he a Communist, too????

    June 14, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. BJs65

    What a good kid! :)

    June 14, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Roni

    Well, he must have done something right.

    June 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. pete

    Spoken like a true "limosine liberal" who has never had to work in their life, no money woes, and has no glimpse of reality! The US should listen to this egghead!

    June 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Dennis

    At least one member of the Bush family shows a degree of intelligence!

    June 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. goblackhawks

    I'm curious .. why does this raise eye brows ? Just because she is Bush's daughter .. why does she have to agree with all things REP. ? and why don't you folks at CNN think REP. want health care ... They do want health care .. just not Obamacare ... Obama is going to help destroy health care in the USA. Read stories from around the world to what is happening to other countries gov run health care. Look at MA. and how it is running. Under Bush they had pilot programs in Oregon to see how it would work... If CNN actually reported news and didn't "cheerlead" this adm. maybe we could have some ethics in the media .. and report the truth. AND Hey celebs of hollywood were is the anger about what is happening in the gulf .. after Katrina you were all over the news saying Bush doesn't care... Well Obama doesn't care now .... He took twice as long as Bush to respond

    June 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Big John

    She has the correct opinion,

    June 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. sharon

    alright Barbara Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. "Why do people who live on lower salaries not have good health care?"

    I don't even want to hear the GOP response to this

    I just want to smile and enjoy that she said it

    I hope she won't pull a Fiorna and say "I'm just quoting my friend"

    June 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. DougDC

    Come on, CNN, you can do a better job than this. First, your only description of the health insurance reform legislation calling it a "massive spending measure." That it may be, but it is also far more than that, and if you are going to call it a "massive spending measure," then you should also discuss the estimated cost savings, and benefits to those currently uninsured. Second,"what she though about the president's health care initiative?" Doesn't anyone proof read this stuff?

    June 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. JES

    The majority of the people didn't want it because now we will be taxed on what the cost is to my company.

    More taxes on the people who souldn't have to pay for people that don't want it.

    This will add more than a trillion dolas to our already high debt now.

    This is another case of our government that thinks they know what is best for us. They can't even balance a budget they just print more money.

    Our leadership has just lost their minds and you will see in 2010 and 2012 the changes that will be made.

    Enjoy now Obama you will not be there for 2012 if you do win It' will be time to close up and get out of th US. We will just be another third world country.

    June 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Layla

    Maybe now liberals will stop putting Bush in the conservative column. He was the darling of the Texas Democrat party because he was a progressive. He was just better at convincing people he cared about us, but his politics were not much different than Obama's.

    He was a better actor.

    June 14, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Slider

    "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."

    Why don't we ask the Greeks on how that kind of thinking is working? Heck, let's all ask the Euros how that type of thinking is working.

    This idea of "healthcare is a right" is the biggest bunch of Wilsonian pap that has ever existed. Healthcare is a right is not Madisonian, which is the only correct way to look at this.

    Really, Barbs, you simply don't get it.

    June 14, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Julia in Oregon

    Thank you, Barbara. You are a wonderful example of how someone doesn't have to tow the party line and can actually CARE about another human being.

    June 14, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. RH

    Whoa! A thinking Bush!

    Did anyone see Scanners?

    June 14, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. David in Houston

    I love Barbara Bush Jr.!

    June 14, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Robert in Texas

    Obviously, Barbara Bush is better educated and smarter than her dimwit dad and the morons in the GOP.

    June 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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