November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
9 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. Gunderson

    Aw, Well,
    Mike you might just have something there. Even Joe Btfspik knows Obama Care is bad. Not only killing Health Care Policies but killing jobs.

    November 28, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. palusko996769

    Could we please ask Mike about other important things – like what he thinks about the deal with Iran; How he would handle Korea; If Obama's reaction to China's claim for new territories was appropriate etc. I just need to know what he thinks.

    November 28, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. hello

    It'd be hilarious to see one of these keyboard warriors say these things to Tyson's face in real life

    November 28, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. nc1965

    OK. The Tea Party has Hypnotized Mike and turned him into an"uncle tom".

    That very clever.

    November 28, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Ourania Murphy

    Here is the GOP Plan: Do not get sick if you are not rich!!!!!

    November 28, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Bob Head

    Truth hurts when it affects LIBS wallets. "Golly, this ain't free. You must have the wrong person. I can't afford that!"

    November 28, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. SN

    Look at all the critics posting here thinking your opinion is any better than Mike Tyson's. He's just there to promote his book, not talk about healthcare but that's what comes along with agreeing to be on a show such as Piers Morgan. He knows that he is not an expert in the field, he's just answering his opinion on how it's gone so far. I wonder how any of you critics would've handled going from poverty to hundreds of millions by your late teens. When it comes down to it, he's achieved more than you have.

    November 28, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Marc Bernstein

    And why do we care about what Mike Tyson thinks about anything...much less how to provide healthcare to a nations?

    November 28, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Louis

    It's too bad the millions of people like Tyson wouldn't listen when those of us with wisdom were telling them that this thing was "a bill of goods" (i.e., junk) being sold by the Democrats like a used car with some thick oil to hide to cover the need for a new engine.

    November 28, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. jim

    That is all I here "it's really, it's really bad .... What about the the Health Care policy is BAD, what can be done to correct it so we move FORWARD, and what specifically would you do if this was not the LAW. Stop the whining and work collectively to remedy.

    November 28, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. S~

    Not only is it bad. IT'S TOXIC.

    November 28, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. davessworks

    Just curious – what makes Mike Tyson's opinion worth squat? He's a boxer right? Presumably he's somewhat impaired due to his boxing career. So presumably his ability to think about anything rationally is somewhat poorer than the average non-celebrity person on the street – and yet people are paying attention to him. Geez. Only in Umerica.

    November 28, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Sam Smith

    Good. Aparently, even people that used to be heavily hypnotized are starting to wake up! So maybe after all there is a chance for this nation to get out of this mess!

    November 28, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Colo001

    Do any of you Liberals realize just how ridiculous you sound? When someone like Mike Tyson can see this is bad what hope do you really believe the ACA has?

    November 28, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Flint Rock

    And this guy's claim to fame is that he gets his protein from eating human ears

    November 28, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Mr Dalloway

    Single payer is on it's way!

    November 28, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Alvinjh

    You know its pretty bad when Mike Tyson is schooling Obama and wasting money and making poor choices. I'm telling ya..LISTEN up drones. You've lost MT and Kanye! Can Rachel Maddow be far behind! lol Obama is a gift... 2014. It's coming.

    November 28, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Michael Bertrand

    Oh, well....if Tyson says it it MUST be true!

    Mike, can you advise us all on the market, pig futures, the next big thing????

    Some people you are just GLAD are not on your side......

    November 28, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. francisco medina

    Obama is just trying to give affordable health care to millions of Americans. Is that bad ? NOPE !!!

    I hope the website fiasco gets fixed as soon as possible.

    At the end of the day, everything is going to be OK.

    November 28, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. JW

    Hey, let's ask brain damaged admitted psychopath what he thinks about one of the major issues of the day. I'm sure it'll be totally relevant. Next, we'll ask Charles Manson what he thinks about immigration reform.

    November 28, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Steve Williams

    Thank you. I have been holding off making a final judgement regarding the efficacy of Obamacare, waiting for Mike to speak out. While I'm still interested in Evander Holyfields take on this, it is not essential since he's only heard the half of it.

    November 28, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. RocketJL

    Well Mike, you have to keep in mind that most of us realized early on that it was not what it was being sold as.

    November 28, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. SlickDick

    NO MIKE, ObamaCare isn't bad. But, blowing through over $300 million is very, very BAD! I met Mike many years ago and had a in-depth conversation with him. Mike wants so bad to speak with intelligence but EVERYTHING that came out his mouth was him quoting someone else's words. The convo became redundant, I threw up two fingers, said "Peace" and I was out of there.

    November 28, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. bhb

    FINALLY! We have an expert on the issue.

    November 28, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Larry Bender

    Why bother talking to a convicted rapist loser like Mike Tyson?

    November 28, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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