(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
No Mike,...that tattoo on your face is bad. Hey Rick M.,...please explain to all of us your definition of "American". I'm sure we are all very interested.
Mr President , If you have lost Mike Tyson, you have lost the Country. President Johnson lost Walter Cronkite so lost the Country and didn't seek re election OH you can't run again? wonder if the Republicans can't reverse Term Limits
just so they can try and beat you at an election? they seem to be trying don't they
Seems Morgan is changing canoe's in mid-stream.
It Seems to be working in California........Sorry Mike
joe, educated voters think differently
"Joe Voter" - don't you mean even black people don't want it? At least for once, people of your ilk are being honest.
Ah yes. Mike Tyson. We all know what a shining light of intelligence HE is, don't we.
Mike who? Seriously? Great scoop CNN!
Just because tattoo removal is not covered or you can't bring your tiger to the doctor is no reason to dislike the not so affordable care act.
even MT knows crap when he smells it
NOONE wants It because you have to PAY for it it's not free what don't the republicans not understand Affordable care act is Not affordable to freeloaders what you want ME to PAY for something with money I could lose at a casino?
it's like having someone pay for foodstamps or pay for educating your children WHAT? or pay a tax on every child to cover cost of feeding educating insuring etc say what?
What does it mean to be American? I would like you to elaborate as your comment is totally unrelated to this article. This article has nothing to do with Piers. How is your comment relevant to...anything at all?
No surprises here, Pelosi said it best, you have to pass it before we know what is in it. Now we know, it's hurting those who can afford it the least. Way to go BHO!
I said "Ah yes. Mike Tyson. We all know what a shining light of intelligence HE is, don't we."...This comment needed "moderation"?
In your site, "moderation" means "we aren't going to publish it because we don't like your point of view"? what is wrong with my comment? You have my e-mail. Tell me why some half-smart dweeb "editor" should find cause to eliminate a comment like this.
OK From the most brilliant mind of our time.
When someone like Mike Tyson who has taken many blows to the head in the ring and knows that the AFA is a bust, maybe, just maybe people should sit up and listen. There is nothing wrong with the concept, but Pelosi and the Dems pushed it through before the Repubs took over congress. Remember Pelosis famous quote "let's vote on it so we can read what's in it" Really? Come on people, even the most staunch Liberal has to realize this is not a good plan. It needs to be scrapped and redrawn up from the base and incorporated more responsibly. There is also another question to ask; Do we really want the government controlling our health care? I mean seriously, that is only step 1.
Another example of CNN's irrelevance as a news source... Mike Tyson as the go to guy on national healthcare policy? Really????
It doesn't even kick in till next year. The website launch was obvious failure. That's what u get when u outsource app development to cheap labor.
Why does anybody care what this convicted rapist has to say about anything?
The biggest way to fix the ACA, which the GOP has been screaming about since day 1, is to open markets across state lines and drop the mandate. If ppl aren't forced to buy it and there is 50 options instead of 2 or 3, insurance companies would be forced to compete and lower premiums. The ACA mandates that 85% of the premiums have to go to paying claims, but that's not entirely true. That 85% is based on the original amount charged. Insurance companies negotiate lower rates with providers, so they pay about 50% of the total bill. So the ACA actually only mandates 42.5% to be paid in claims. The rest is pure profit. Premiums could be reduced 35% and the insurance companies could still make a huge profit. The ACA protects too many corporations.
We have health insurance that we paid for while we were working,now that we are retired and need insurance we have to pay more for our health care,the problem is we don't get any raises and are living on a fixed income totalynot fair.
Ugh! Mike Tyson says, "me dont like obama care."
Sounds like what an uneducated, illl informed person would believe. Forgeting the fact that insurance companies no longer have pretext to cancel your healthcare when you need it most or cannot refuse someone with pre existing conditions, that includes being a women.
Well, he's right. It hasn't gone well, and I'm not just talking about the web site. Young uninsureds are not going to sign up for a new monthly expense until they absolutely have to. With low penalties and no enforcement mechanism to speak of, they won't have the pool they need for several years at least. Can the ACA survive until then?
That's because Obamacare doesn't cover biting someone's ear off. All expenses are paid out of pocket.