November 28th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
8 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. Edish

    What moron at CNN deemed this news worth reporting??

    November 28, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. comment_here_and_comment_there

    or better yet, who cares what this uneducated rapist, racist and drug addict thinks when even what he called "brain" was knocked out of him in the ring years ago?

    November 28, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Ken

    I don't take stock tips from my auto mechanic. Why should I care what a washed-up fighter thinks about health insurance (which he does not need because he is rich)

    November 28, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. SPW

    No one cares about Mike Tyson's opinion but he is 100% right

    November 28, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. michiganfan1

    Mike Tyson is not qualified to make and credible analyses of a healthcare plan. He has no education is a former criminal and was not intelligent enough to retain any of the $400 million he earned as a professional thug. He is hardly in a position to give financial advice to anyone – or frankly any advice at all except on how to do great bodily harm to another person.

    November 28, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Keith

    Personally, I don't take advice from Mike Tyson, but when high profile people of color start turning against the president and his signature accomplishment, it just shows how far this president has fallen. Look for DEMs in Congress to run as far away from Pres. as possible. Otherwise, Republicans will take over both Houses in 2014 and White House in 2016.

    November 28, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. MMMKAY...

    {Desperational} now Tyson is making words up just like Sarah Palin. Great minds think alike

    November 28, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. MMMKAY...

    {Desperational} Wonderful, now Tyson is making words up just like Sarah Palin. Great minds think alike!

    November 28, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. chicagoboyrn

    Mike Tyson is nothing but a bully/troll! No one in their right mind would take this stupid seriously!

    November 28, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. rick miranda

    Mr. Morgan can Lindsay Lohan on the next panel line.

    November 28, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Gary

    Well what this article says to me is that if Mike Tyson is smart enough to figure out that the ACA is a failure. Then the democrats should have the brains to figure that out as well. But I really don't think that they do! There are some good things about the ACA but it needed a lot more work before it was implemented into a law. But it will take a lot more work to get it corrected. Thanks to the democrats for screwing this up. This is what the country gets when the democrats say " just pass the law we will see what's in it later". What a stupid way to pass a law. The whole Obama administration is a failure because of a lack of leadership. They do not have the right people in the administration that is why it's a failure. Obama was never a good choice for the president. At best maybe a rookie senator.

    November 28, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Don

    2 scenarios.

    1. Tyson: "Obamacare is great!
    Libs: "This guy is BRILLIANT!"

    2. Tyson: "Obamacare is horrible."
    Libs: "What a moron!"

    November 28, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. brsinai

    Thank goodness they didn't beat the common-sense of you, Mike Tyson!

    November 28, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. LR

    Going to a great mind like Tyson's for an opinion...and CNN continues to spiral downward.

    November 28, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. brsinai

    Thank goodness they didn't beat the common-sense out of you, Mike Tyson!

    November 28, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Carl Weathers

    “She could always get boned out by a black person, a vote to bang her,” Tyson said about Sarah Palin

    A real go-getter in the world of politics.

    November 28, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. R N

    Proof that even a life form with 2 brain cells rubbing together can figure out Obamacare is really, really bad.

    November 28, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Graffone

    just an opinion from a guy who's been around and has a family

    November 28, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Carl Weathers

    The next Strom Thurmond everybody!

    November 28, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Insight

    Mike Tyson= Rush Limbaugh

    November 28, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Butler

    If this what CNN thinks is worthy of publishing, I think it is time to take them out of my favorites list. You are no longer a serious news organization, just another FOX wannabe.

    November 28, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. chuckie

    All Mike Tyson knows is how to bite your ears off

    November 28, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. CapeCod

    Once again our government is telling us what's best for us.

    In this case the president lied to millions of people.

    November 28, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. zzzzz

    2 scenarios.

    1. Tyson: "Obamacare is horrible!
    Cons: "This guy is BRILLIANT!"

    2. Tyson: "Obamacare is great."
    Cons: "What a moron!"

    November 28, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. liberal disease

    make fun of tyson all you want when he had his chance to to do something he got in the ring and delivered, Obama had his big chance and he choked

    November 28, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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