November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
12 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. A CNN supporter

    You MUST be kidding with this article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Robert

    Why, Mike Tyson is fully qualified to speak on political and medical matters. After all, he has spent time in a government facility and has experience as a (non-consensual) gynecologist.

    November 28, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. WeAreAlmostCyprus

    I guess like most liberals, he finally discovered it wasn't free after all.

    November 28, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Xman

    I could see him complaining about dental coverage, in case he damages his teeth biting someone's ear off. Does anybody care what Mike Tyson thinks?

    November 28, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Mussel

    Mike Tyson doesn't even understand the difference between Obamacare and the website for Obamacare. Shame on you CNN for such a cheap headline!

    November 28, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. renegade98

    Tyson has no credibility and especially when talking about healthcare. What the hell would he know?

    November 28, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. TDALLAS

    This story is totally undeserving of being newsworthy. Shame on CNN and Piers Morgan.

    Mike Tyson is a has been boxing champ... a rapist... a drug addict...an embarrassment to the sport of boxing... and an insult to all women. Not to mention he is far from intelligent and lacking basic smarts.

    Who gives a damn what his opinion is on any subject!!!!

    November 28, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Big_D

    I just have had my second refund since ACA went into effect. I know it is hard for the folks that have never had real insurance but for responsible folks like me who always have had insurance it is a God send. It is time for people to pay for insurance and stop putting the burden on the middle class that are responsible. I am sorry if you think you shouldn't have to pay for insurance, I think you're a deadbeat if you can afford it but don't pay for it. We already pay for the poor now.

    November 28, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Big_D

    The GOP certainly has the folks that have been hit in the head too many times fooled. I just am tired of paying for the deadbeats that can afford insurance but leave their bills for me to pick up. We will always have to cover the poor, the deadbeats that can afford insurance but spend more than they can afford and go bankrupt are who we need to fix.

    November 28, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I'm not really interested in a man's opinion that had a 400million dollar fortune and lost it all. He needs to think before he speaks.....................................

    November 28, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. SeeThruIt2

    "it went really horrible."

    what changed since he signed the law?

    Obama exempted various groups from the law. They cancelled one or two unworkable portions. They even delayed some provisions that were imposed on businesses.

    So, what exactly went horrible? Just a web site?

    November 28, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. dave

    Nobody likes peirs morgan, not even liberals –It will just be a matter of time till he is packing and flying back to england.

    November 28, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Deesnutz

    It'l be interesting how the system fails when the people that did sign up start paying for their health insurance.

    November 28, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Belle

    Who cares what Tyson thinks about anything?

    November 28, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. jerryrigger

    Mike Tyson proved that he was a cannibal in the ring! I am no fan of Obozocare either, so Tyson and I both have the ame opinion on that one!

    November 28, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Harry

    Mike just blew his chance of having a beer with the president.

    November 28, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Hoggster

    If he was for Obamacare you lefties would be praising him.

    November 28, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Linda

    Well, Tyson has brain damage, no doubt and was never the brightest bulb to begin with. Would he care to elaborate with a reason or it just is "really bad" enough for the reporter? Yeah, condemn it in it's first two months as useless.

    Anyway, as I said, brain damaged. And the rest of the people who blindly oppose it without knowing the facts.

    November 28, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Obamacare is for the rich!! Obama and the rich elite that serves him still have great care. They couldn't care less how the middle and lower class are affected! Disgusting to see the rich prosper off the backs of the poor under oBama.

    November 28, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. JK

    Here we have a man who's never made a good decision in his entire life proclaiming Obamacare is bad. Makes perfect sense.

    What next? Dennis Rodman becoming a foreign diplomat?

    November 28, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. unretired05

    Mike T and P Morgan, there's a pair I don't want advise from.

    November 28, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Andrew Heineman

    CNN Breaking News – Pauly Shore to Wolf Blitzer: US plan to open a joint Chamber of Commerce with Iran is 'really bad'. #whathappenedtoyoucnnyouusetobecool

    November 28, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. tara

    Wow. Talking to Mike Tyson about Obamacare. Was Snooki not available?

    November 28, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Chuck

    LOL. Like Mike Tyson is an expert on anything!!!!

    November 28, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Gunderson

    Mike don't make the news, mike just report the news. Why you no like the news? You probably voted for it.

    November 28, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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