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. Wade

    If mike was the only one saying this I would not pay attention. However in truth Most are saying the same thing now. Democrats are running away from Obama on it and especially those up for 2014 elections are running scared. So He is right Obama care is a mess and it is probably DEAD now.

    November 28, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Steve

    What I don't understand is who the hell cares what Mike Tyson thinks? The guy is a rapist. Why do news agencies pay any attention to him? His thoughts and values aren't worth five cents. The guy is a creep.

    November 28, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Don DaMiddle

    Could be worse...
    Tyson could have said it was "Loodakwas"

    November 28, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. MoodieFoodie

    Look for him soon on FOX News channel. They'll probably give him his own show, he'll fit right in intellectually.

    November 28, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. Janet

    What next? Miley Cyrus opining on political issues? I actually clicked on this article in total disbelief that this was *the* Mike Tyson. Good grief!

    November 28, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. SteveO

    Interesting the things you change your mind about when you get sober.

    November 28, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Joe

    Bravo CNN to you and Piers on such worthless journalism.

    November 28, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. moonraker

    Of course Tyson only has a 4th grade education so his opinion on anything is rendered uesless.

    November 28, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Peter

    I think Mr Tyson's comments were sort of taken out of context here. It seemed to me that he was only saying that the launch of Obamacare was massively fouled up – which it was! He did not seem opposed to the principals of Obamacare.

    November 29, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. RUINER41

    I think it's great that a man who made a living by being beaten in the head, and who has an extensive history of substance abuse, still has more common sense than most liberals. And because they can't handle the reality of how bad Obamacare truly is, they have to make fun of Tyson and discredit him when he points out the obvious truth.

    If you disagree with someone, make fun of them. That's standard protocol for all liberals...all the way up to the POTUS.

    November 29, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  11. Andy

    Mike Tyson for Pwesadent.

    November 29, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. ItsAlive

    Dear CNN,

    The PPACA was in large part drafted by health policy wonks and health economists. Have you ever considered interviewing a actual health economist? Moreover, before you report anyones opinion of any bill you should at least ask them to name a few provisions of it, to confirm that they have the intellectual capacity to understand this. Asking Mike Tyson what he thinks about the ACA is about the same as asking for his opinion on string theory. Mike tyson is an idiot so what does that make CNN for reporting his opinion?

    November 29, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  13. Juanito

    So a consumer of the Obama brand Kool(more like 'Fool') Aid doesn't like the taste anymore? The flava ain't what was on the package, Mikey?

    After drinking all that Obama love juice, you're not feeling all good and sexy like it was sold to you?

    You're definately not the first Obama supporter to feel buyers remorse, and you definately won't be the last.

    Unfortunately, we can't return this craptacular piece of legislation, and we will NEVER get our money back. .

    Just remember, American dems: you wanted it, you got it.

    Repubs: shame on you ALL for not being being able to oust this clown in 2012. You're a gutless bunch who had ALL of corporate America behind you, but you just didn't want to jump in the mud and beat him at this own game.

    Even Lincoln got dirty when he needed to. Take a page outta history and maybe you'll have better luck next time.

    November 29, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. Thomas

    @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.

    =======

    truth and freedom

    November 29, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Logic in L.A

    The brain-trust that is Mike Tyson is certainly someone who's opinion means something to me. I guess he read it doesn't cover beating women or sowing back on ears, so he's afraid he may get sued

    November 29, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  16. Mitchell

    What does that thug know about the price of manure in Minnesota or anything else?

    November 29, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  17. Kdon

    If Mike Tyson can figure it out why can't our government?

    November 29, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  18. matt

    I have met Mr. Tyson in real life, and I can honestly say that he NOT the first person I would ask to weight in on anything that requires any sort of thinking .... he really is not that bright!!

    November 29, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  19. Lily

    Good for Mike Tyson for having the guts to give his honest opinion of Obamacare. Everyone, including Tyson, is free to say what they think, especially when asked by an interviewer on TV. It doesn't matter who agrees with him and who doesn't.

    November 29, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  20. emmettmoore

    Head scratching article. Why is anyone asking Tyson about Obamacare anyway? What does Tyson know about health insurance exchanges anyway? Because he was the baddest man in the planet in 1989, he must also be the oracle or Obamacare? Geez CNN, now I know why your ratings are so terrible.

    November 29, 2013 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  21. David

    Well if Mike Tyson thinks it's bad, that's good enough for me.

    November 29, 2013 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  22. mitt romney

    Yeah, comming from a genius that is bankrupt after lavishly spending 300 million.

    November 29, 2013 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  23. Wayne Rasmussen

    Obamacare was a good idea at first, then it fell into disaray....who can afford it, I cant.

    November 29, 2013 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  24. ouch!

    Quitters never quit and winners never win.

    November 29, 2013 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Mike is not qualified to comment on Obamacare.

    November 29, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
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