November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
11 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. James

    This , is coming from a man with a tattoo on his face. people wake up , obama care is a terrible thing.

    November 28, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Dave

    Even someone that been knocked upside the head a thousand times understands what a disaster this is to America.

    November 28, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. liz

    Did Piers tell him it was the computer system which did not work not the Affordable Health Care Act .

    November 28, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. mikeinthevine

    Using this kind of logic in the 60's, we never would have made it to the moon. No other social program in this nation's history has been sabotaged and attacked as much as this one. I ask again, why is it that every other first world country can provide some form of universal health care except this one? It might have something to do with the republican party being in the pockets of the insurance companies and health care providers. Best politicians money can buy.

    November 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Frank J

    SMH. Tyson doesn't know his "brass" from a hole in the ground and suddenly he's an expert on government policy. Give it time to work. One hundred years in the making, ACA is a marathon not a sprint.

    November 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Cancer Patient

    Well, the GOP must be proud.

    Now they have Mike Tyson to add to their list of B-list celebrities such as Dennis Miller and Chuck Norris.

    November 28, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Does it mean he is qualified to judge? Another Moran that has no thinking except his macho–macho. Does this idiot even know insurance thugs DENY PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PATIENTS? Hospitals loot Medicare? Nonsense. CNN, don't ask Tom, dick,and Harry.

    November 28, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Dan

    There you have it. This towering intellect has declared Obamacare bad. Even a blind squirrel finds a few acorns.

    November 28, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Amihiyet

    Wen we're looking to Mike Tyson for answers, Obamacare isn't the problem.

    November 28, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. jackson

    Mike Tyson? ha, ha...ha, ha, ha, HA,...ha, HA, HA....HA, HA,HA, Ha,HA,HA, HA, HA

    November 28, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. sisterchef

    Such a pathetic article. Come on CNN. This is your most articulate critic of the ACA? I lost my health insurance when my job ended. I have asthma. I can get insurance again, cannot be turned down. All my annual check ups are covered 100%. Where is the failure? Of course, it is in states like Texas (where I live), states that refused to participate and thus brought unnecessary hardship and expense to it's low income citizens. Health care coverage is complicated. Get someone to talk about it who understands it.

    November 28, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Cancer Patient

    Guess half the people here didn't read the last paragraph where he says he wants the millions w/o health insurance to get it, but the website is holding them back.

    He still believes in obamacare, just not the website because it's broken.

    Learn to read please.

    November 28, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Courtney

    Patience is a virtue. Obamacare will work. It just takes time to correct itself. The civil rights act, social security, medicare, and Medicaid took a long time to work in this country. We, here in the U.S, just want everything done right and fast. We should just take a deep breath and be calm.

    November 28, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Tony

    This is funny. Republicans are now gloating over the fact that Mike Tyson agrees with them. Shouldn't that worry Republicans?

    November 28, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Uncommonview

    Wow I can't believe I'm saying it, but Mike Tyson is smarter than liberals. Astonishing!

    November 28, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Incipio01

    To me the wake up call here is that we find ourselves in a time where job ethics are waning. People pass the buck more than ever, yet at the same time – enjoy all of the perks of the title. Selection I hope, for leading projects such as this will be about the person's abilities – not about the abilities of their staff that just happen to make them look good.. so you know.. you put them in charge. Because... there are those that do – and those that pass the work on but claim it as their own.... This.. is flawed..

    November 28, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Lies

    I saw the interview! You are totally printing lies! He said the way it rolled out and the website mistakes were bad! You should be ashamed of yourself!!

    November 28, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Michelle

    Lies!! He never said that. He said the website computer difficulties were bad!!

    November 28, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Namechina

    How much did they pay u? Let's take insurance from all of GOP and Democrat and see how many cries for obamacare.

    November 28, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Noocrat

    Normally, anyone saying "people wake up" is a birther. So I tend to take their advice with a grain of salt.

    November 28, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Brian

    In the name of health care reform, B.O. took over health insurance which at best makes it a health insurance reform and a bad one at that. Here is an idea considering how much money has been wasted – take that money and insure the uninsurable while LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE.

    Government can have a safety net as its program, but it's B.S. to make us buy an inferior product at a higher price while NOT admiting the reason for the super high cost to be subsiding for people who aren't paying. If it's so good, why should ANYONE be exampted? This is B.S. Good for Mike Tyson to speak true to his heart and not play politics.

    November 28, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Ben

    I think it's sad that CNN presumes Mike Tyson's opinion to be a top news headline. :-(

    November 28, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. SkepticalNancy

    HAHAHA!!!! HEADLINE NEWS!!!!! Boxer who can't manage his finances and a high school drop out tells us Obamacare is bad. He must know what he is talking about. CNN I lost respect for you ever day

    November 28, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. You Got It

    Even Mike gets it -ObamaCare is the worst piece of legislation passed in DECADES!!!!
    Crappiest plan ever & executed so poorly that it'll be the measurement of Presidential Failure for years to come....Obama has dethroned Carter as the worst President ever.

    November 28, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Tom

    It's difficult to imagine finding a less valuable opion.

    November 28, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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