November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
10 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. Joe

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. cheapseats

    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

    November 28, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. hkirwin

    Seems Morgan is changing canoe's in mid-stream.

    November 28, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. tedfred

    It Seems to be working in California........Sorry Mike

    November 28, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. JD

    joe, educated voters think differently

    November 28, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Michael Roman

    "Joe Voter" - don't you mean even black people don't want it? At least for once, people of your ilk are being honest.

    November 28, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. capnmike

    Ah yes. Mike Tyson. We all know what a shining light of intelligence HE is, don't we.

    November 28, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Itsonlyme

    Mike who? Seriously? Great scoop CNN!

    November 28, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. bginger08

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. bhanson

    even MT knows crap when he smells it

    November 28, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. cheapseats

    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?

    November 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. michael

    Rick McDaniel,
    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?

    November 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Larke Marie

    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!

    November 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. capnmike

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Ed Blitz

    OK From the most brilliant mind of our time.

    November 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Bleh64

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Niko

    Another example of CNN's irrelevance as a news source... Mike Tyson as the go to guy on national healthcare policy? Really????

    November 28, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Derp

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Turdsucker

    Why does anybody care what this convicted rapist has to say about anything?

    November 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. JC

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Ronald

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Smarkles2

    Ugh! Mike Tyson says, "me dont like obama care."

    November 28, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Name

    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.

    November 28, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. tet1953

    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?

    November 28, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Joe Doe

    That's because Obamacare doesn't cover biting someone's ear off. All expenses are paid out of pocket.

    November 28, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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