November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
5 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. Mark

    Boy, if even Tyson can figure out something is bad it must really be bad. Maybe the next time he is invited to the White House he can chew off Obama's ear.

    November 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. David

    You can be healthy as a horse but when your car flips on the interstate abd you wake up in the hospital a week later with a $100K, who pays for that? How healthy your lifestyle is now went matter then.

    November 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Tony

    I'm 26, you will become old eventually. That is the reason. Social Security and Medicare make a lot more sense to people when they get older and are no longer healthy as a horse.

    November 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. name. willard

    Mike tyson are foul play bite ear against obamacare

    November 28, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Anne de B

    These ad hominem attacks on Mike Tyson's comments are sad. He is entitled to as much respect for his opinions as anyone else. The articulate, highly educated people in the White House and Wall Street haven't been that "smart" in managing the U.S. economy, so why pick on Mr. Tyson?

    November 28, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. ivan

    Who cares what he says?

    November 28, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. smith

    @The Right left- So Tyson is now an uncle tom. With a comment as stupid as that, you are below Tyson. What is with the far left these days? Every talking point is either racism or Bush.

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

    Mike tyson: a tea party patriot. Lol.

    November 28, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Calif US Patriot

    LAZY FREELOADERS should form their own 'union'...where they can all support their own lifestyles....and let the rest of the working Americans handle the rest – caring for those who are truly in need, care for our military, educate and raise our own children, handle foreign policy, drill our own oil, manage and keep our own guns...etc.
    You know, what the Constitution says!

    November 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Peace

    Does Tyson even know how to use the computer? If not striking the keyboard the way he used to box others. Still he blames ACA website is bad!

    November 28, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Sophie Meyer

    Judging on what a dumpster fire Mr. Tysons life has been, I don't think his opinion matters at all.

    November 28, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. rl

    He's an authority on Health Care. Well if big Mike said so. It is really funny how the right wing drags these people out and NOW considers them an authority.

    November 28, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Matt

    This has to be the most pointless political interview I have ever seen. You might as well ask a field mouse what it thinks.

    November 28, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. iReason

    Yes, Mike would be an expert in this field wouldn't he.

    November 28, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Scooter

    Something that has not been implemented yet is bad? And who takes stock in what Tyson says about a political or medical issue? I don;t care if he loves it or hates it. It's Mike Tyson.

    November 28, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Andy

    Who next, CNN? Carrot Top?

    November 28, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Doug

    Well said, by someone who has squandered 300 million dollars..

    November 28, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. john

    What people don't get is that insurance companies do NOT pay 100% of the medical bill. Last year, we were only paid for 40% of the insurance claimed services! What if you were only paid for 40% of your services? Hell, lets make everything free, we're Americans, we are owed it because we were born American. You pay your mechanic for fixing your car, pay your doctor for fixing your heart. Spoiled rotten children who don't want to work for anything....

    November 28, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. hefailed

    Oh, well if Mike Tyson says it so, then it just has to be true! Who really cares what Tyson thinks?

    November 28, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. endlesslove

    Well now the oracle has spoken, the matter is settled.

    November 28, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. james

    If even punch-dumb Tyson cannot support Obaminationcare, WHO WILL ?
    To all those who voted for Obama – ARE YOU HAPPY YET ?

    November 28, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. mike

    Poor Tyson, he just doesn't get it, he sounds so stupid why would he subject him self to this, especially on National TV,
    it's almost like listened to a 1/grader if only he could truly articulate what he is trying to say poor mike poor mike.

    November 28, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Larry B.

    Just wondering what his opinion matters. Tyson is a nobody.

    November 28, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. DS

    I'm 26 says:
    I'm married and with child. I have a life insurance policy, no health coverage. My wife and child have a "Cadillac" plan. ..... I have no pre-existing conditions and am healthy as a horse. ........ I have less than a 0.1% chance of going into bankruptcy because I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE. Wake up peeps....
    ========================================================================================
    Here is some data for you to look at. There are about 11 items that can cause catastrophic health issue where risk probability is more than 0.1% as you mentioned for your self. The catastrophic heart disease itself has a lifetime risk of 1 in 5 (20%), cancer 1 in 7 (14%) and stroke 1 in 24 (4%).

    Take a look at the following chart from a variety of sources (from NYTimes article). It shows the total number of deaths annually due to various disease-related and accidental causes, as well as an average individual’s lifetime risk for a given health worry. On the scariest day of the year, maybe this will help put it all in perspective about why you need insurance and whu everyone MUST have insurance.

    Risk Annual Deaths, Lifetime risk
    -------------–
    Heart disease 652,486 1 in 5
    Cancer 553,888 1 in 7
    Stroke 150,074 1 in 24
    Hospital infections 99,000 1 in 38
    Flu 59,664 1 in 63
    Car accidents 44,757 1 in 84
    Suicide 31,484 1 in 119
    Accidental poisoning 19,456 1 in 193
    MRSA (resistant bacteria) 19,000 1 in 197
    Falls 17,229 1 in 218
    Drowning 3,306 1 in 1,134

    And you still think that you are invincible! It is you who needs to wake up ! ACA makes everyone part of the system because no one is invincible contrary to their 'stupid' assertions.

    November 28, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. ronjayaz

    What wud that clown known abt the Affordable Care Act? With his riches?!

    November 28, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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