November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
8 months ago

Mike Tyson to Piers Morgan: Obamacare is 'really bad'

(CNN) - He used to be a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act, but Mike Tyson now says Obamacare's suffered a knockout.

"It just really went horrible," the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Wednesday evening on "Piers Morgan Live."


"It's really, it's really bad," Tyson added.

The comments appear to be a change of opinion for Tyson, who in an 2012 interview with Morgan applauded President Barack Obama's efforts on health care, adding that the President and Vice President Joe Biden  "give the people in that desperational need, that hope."

The start up of Obamacare over the past two months has been extremely flawed, with major problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, the system's main website for people to sign up for coverage, and with a controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new national health law.

Tyson says he still believes in giving health care coverage to the millions of Americans currently without insurance, but added that "as of now it doesn't seem they can get it. I was for it a 100 percent but we just have to come to the reality that it didn't work."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Tired of CNN and FOX

    How much lower can you sink CNN?

    November 28, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Natrldiver

    It is pretty sad that CNN has to get pathetic reporters from outside the country to try to support Obama's agendas. Piers Morgan is nothing more than a liberal media leech. No wonder he is a good fit for CNN.

    November 28, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. RandyA

    I will not take advice from anyone that has horrible face tats. Mike Tyson proves that he is brain dead.

    November 28, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. paul ohearn

    all my opinions of Mike Tyson have been expressed.He is an idiot, nobody with any common sence is interested in any of his opinions.

    November 28, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. mom

    I have beloved adult children with several large tattoos, just not anywhere visible when they are dressed for their jobs(!) I hated that they got any of them, and they knew I would, and did it anyway. Tattoos are all over the place these days and they can't be avoided much these days, either, much as many of us wish they could be. It's just a cultural trend and perhaps they will die out in popularity over time, especially as the technologies to remove them become less expensive and painful.

    I I personally think Mike Tyson just did a pretty good job of dealing with the questions posed to him. I never was a fan of him, Obama, or Piers Morgan, but as far as trying to be tactful, but truthful, Tyson did ok here.

    November 28, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. AngryWhiteDoofus

    If you've lost Mike Tyson, you've lost the country. Iron Mike's pronouncements are very bad news for Obamacare.

    November 28, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. johnny _m_mustard

    He's done all kinds of worthy things lately. Giving back hollyfields ear, and saying Obama care succkS.

    November 28, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. NNN

    Way to make Tyson look bad, CNN.

    November 28, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. AngryWhiteDoofus

    Also, Iron Mike's comments on Bitcoins are very troubling. Time to sell.

    November 28, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Truth

    Obamacare is only supported by deadbeat leeches that have made bad life choices. This is what you get when you vote for a brain dead African.

    November 28, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Tom

    Quitters never win and winners never quit........

    November 28, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. jakibros

    How pathetic is it that the GOP has to recruit Mike Tyson to push their Obama bashing. The man and the party are worthless.

    November 28, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Bob R., Maryland

    Who is this 'Mike Tyson' dude?

    November 28, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. NSL

    I like CNN unlike many of the commenters in these articles who say how bad CNN is, yet keep coming back to read their articles and see their videos. I think it's reports are generally balanced, though not always. I even like Piers Morgan much of the time, though I think he's the least of all CNN's talking heads, as he all too often let's those he's interviewing off the hook sooooo easily.

    That said, this whole interview is a new low, not just for Morgan, or CNN, but a new low for the visual media. I've never even seen FOX get this low, and in general I look at FOX as a complete joke when it comes to veracity and deciding what's important.

    Seriously, I wouldn't even interview Tyson about which he actually has some expertise, boxing, considering how dumb he is, and how much of a low life he is. This is a man who clearly has an IQ below moron, and he actually bit another boxer's ear in a match.You can't get much lower in intelligence and life than that.

    Geez CNN, get out of the depths of journalism meaninglessness and get to at least some level of respectability and credibility again, even if it's at the bottom of the pool, as right now with this interview you're down in the area of negative respectability and credibility.

    November 28, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Mona

    And he is the spokesperson for whom? Gimme a break! This guy should keep his big fat mouth SHUT! If he knew what he was talking about it would be one thing, but since he doesn't?????? Guess he'll do anything or say anything for a
    buck?

    November 28, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Prussell

    I like Mike and he has overcome a lot, but on this all I can say is. "Consider the source"

    November 28, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. GI Jane

    CNN show the fancy map with numbers and facts. Stop writing about everyone's opinion. CNN is stuck on a first grade math word problem. Do some in-depth research and present a multi-level eight grade math word problem.

    November 28, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. rob mccullough

    Althought everyone is entitled to an opinion, Mike Tyson should probably stay in his lane. This is the first thing Ive heard from him since last month when he proclaimed he was suicidal and drug/alcohol addicted

    November 28, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. king

    i guest even old beaten down mike has fallen prey to the repubs juggernaut propaganda machine. you guys act like the world ends, someone tell me why cant the obamacare website be fixed, is this country that backward not to possible ever fix a website. look at all those mega web sites out their, like amazon which takes in just as much volume of information obamacare will take in. i just cannot understand how modernize Americans thinks that a country as powerful as America cannot figure out a website, that other private businesses already has running. stop lessening to the repubs doom doom doom all the time folks and have a little patience for crying out loud.

    November 28, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Burnz

    Why is he worth listening too?

    If I never need to know the best way to bite off a guy's ear, I'll give him a call.

    November 28, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. sabre546

    If Mike Tyson can see how bad Obamacare is that should really tell you something

    November 28, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Tony in STL

    If you agree with Mike Tyson on anything, outside of boxing, ...you're probably not too bright! It is very true! On and upwards with Obamacare! God Bless!

    November 28, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. nik green

    ObamaCare aka the "Affordable Care Act" (sic) was written and drafted by the Heritage Foundation... as was its Republican counterpart the RomneyCare program in MA. If Obama is the true socialist that the rightwing and its corporate media champions claim, then one would have expected Obama to have employed think-tanks, panels and experts from the medical, scientific, nursing/care and related healthcare communities – ie people who know about healthcare and what patients go through. Not a bit of it – instead, he enlisted one of the most far right wing organizations in the nation, alongside corporate fat cats from the insurance industry to draft his landmark legislation.

    Obama is clearly not his own man...he's an OWNED man. He's as no more a "socialist" than Rush Limbaught or Sean Hannity – the "liberal" labeling comes from rightwingers who seem to think that those wearing the "democrat" colors are left of center... clearly that is not the case.

    November 28, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. jonathan

    So what? We just try it out for 2 months and throw our hands in the air and give up? It doesn't work? What? After two months? Give me a break. Who cares what Mike Tyson's opinion is on healthcare. I only clicked on this to reinforce my self confidence in my intelligence. Which is easy compared to Mike Tyson's.

    November 28, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. kws11

    Wow. Even Mike Tyson is smarter than Obama. We need to adjust voting rights.

    November 28, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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