June 14th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
13 years ago

Bush daughter 'glad' Obama health care passed

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/14/art.barbarabush5.gi.jpg caption ="Barbara Bush with her father, former President George W. Bush, in 2008."](CNN) - One of the daughters of former President George W. Bush isn't following the Republican Party line when it comes to the issue of the health care legislation that cleared Congress last spring without any GOP support.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Barbara Bush said she's "glad" Democrats passed the massive spending measure and President Barack Obama signed it into law.

"Why do, basically, people with money have good health care and why do people who live on lower salaries not have good health care?" the 28-year old said. "Health should be a right for everyone."

Asked specifically what she though about the president's health care initiative, Bush replied with a smile, "That is a good question - obviously the health care reform bill was highly debated by a lot of people and I guess I'm glad the bill was passed."

The Democratic health care effort was deeply opposed by Republican members of Congress who derided its more-than $800 billion price tag and said it will do little to contain health rising care costs down the road.

Bush runs the Global Health Corps, a nonprofit group that aims to connect "outstanding young leaders with organizations working on the front lines in order to promote global health equity," according to the organization's website.

In the same interview, Bush said she doesn't see herself ever running for political office.

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  1. lac

    good for her. its good to know that one BUSH has a good head on her shoulders.

    June 14, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. ib

    It's plain to see that this woman has been brainwashed. Just wait until the true facts on this bill especially the parts for senior citizens come out and see if she still thinks it's a good bill.

    June 14, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Ovomit could not run a 1 car funeral procession

    Wait until she pays taxes for 20 years in order to "keep up"democratic parasites of the lazy and worthless,she will grow up and see the light.When too lazy to work-BE A DEMOCRAT AND HAVE THE GOVERNMENT KEEP YOU UP.

    June 14, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Vigla

    I'm glad she has the guts to say what she believes.

    June 14, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Yaweh!

    Finally, someone with practical common sense from the Bush clan who can speak their mind. Yes, Barbara seems to be of the same intellectual and idealogical mold as her mother; perhaps even her father and gramp, but they may be speaking for the party rather than their own beliefs. One suspects it is the latter, and I do not see her speaking out without her father knowing about it and agreeing with her likely statements (even if that was not clear before the Faux Noise interview. Note also that the interviewer is not exactly Ayles' favourite person on the channel; not in the same way as Insanity Homes or Prof. Glum Buck.

    June 14, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Bertina

    Smart woman. Looks like her apple fell from the mother's tree.

    June 14, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. pc

    thank you barbra bush. any well rounded american wants health care for all americans. only the 'hate our black president an never agree with anything he says or does' that think this black man is out to get them,are the poor lost souls that want only for themselves and to hell with the other man.the younger generation will bring positive change to america ,as the bigeted older whites die out, america will see the coming together of one nation under god.
    i am a white grandmother and i hope i live to see that day happen. i pray for our president everyday. i can not stand to listen to racists like Fox news ,sarah palin, glen beck,limbaugh,an hannity is a disgrace to man, because they do not speak for the average voter, they are the problem in this country.sadly the uneducated are being preached this hatred and dis-respect from these fringe right low-class bigots pretending to be journelists. barbra bush is the beginning of this new era that will hopefully bring the change america needs.

    June 14, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. FM

    It is time now to vote for the best family. The Bush family is impressing me each day which goes by. This young lady understands well, that life is serious enough, not to take side and follow her fellow Republicans!

    June 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    The girl gets her brains from her mother's side of the family.

    June 14, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    She's too young and naive to understand why, the bill was a bad bill. She will learn, later.

    June 14, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Laurie

    I have alot of respect for her for expressing that view on Fox News. I also have a growing respect for her dad, who has shown a great deal of integrity in not criticizing our President the way that Dick and Liz Cheney have. Kudos to the Bush family.

    June 14, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Enrique

    Though I was deeply opposed to most of George W. Bush's policies are president, I respect how his family members have minds of their own. It shows that the former president is open to opposing views...even in his own family.

    June 14, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. gary

    very interesting given the way she was raised. If she is serious, I admire her for it. If she lives like a wealthy person then I think her statements would be curious. Basically, wealthier people world wide have better access to food, housing, entertainment, clothes and healthcare and even water! In this country, if someone works 40 hours per week, they should have access to reasonable food, housing and healthcare. If someone is working 40 hours per week and really can't afford this stuff, then we should help them. What we need to get away from is people who are lazy, retire early, fake disability or minimal disability not working and thinking that they have a right to free healthcare.

    June 14, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Dave

    It's nice to see that someone in that family has (1) a heart and (2) brains. Maybe it was the milkman or the cable guy instead of George...

    June 14, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. James Cunningham

    The Bush daughters and Mrs. Bush just reinforce in our minds what we already knew, that they are classic RHINOS and are as responsible for the mess this country is in ast like Mr. Obama and his liberal and leftist friends. This is what the political class and establishment of both parties have brought us, debt, taxes, refusal to face reality and poliical arrogance! You go, Sarah! Save us from this cast of disreputable phonies!

    June 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Michael

    A Bush who can actually think outside of the lines drawn by party ideology. Now that is refreshing!

    June 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. DJ in TX

    Sounds like the children of GOP leaders have their own mind and don'tnecessarily follow their parents. First it was Megan McCain, now Barbara Bush. Bravo for them. I'm sure it is hard to tow the same line as your parents did. Also note the sons of Ronald Reagan. They are on differerent sides of the aisle as well.

    One thing to note on the kids of Bush and McCain, they are part of the newer generation who see things quite differently than their parents did.

    June 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Randall in Torrance, CA (USN - Retired) - What do you know? A Bush with a brain - Amazing!

    I never thought I'd see the day when someone with Jarge Bush's DNA in their veins that has has a brain. Even though Jarge Bush will always remain the dumbest humanoi to walk on Earth, his Bush daughter somehow managed to escape the evolutionary chain of destruction her father was responsible for.

    June 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. bkohler

    i can't tell you how much i abhor your headlines. CNN is the one trying to "raise eyebrows." let's stick to the news and keep editorialization where it belongs

    June 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Jack

    Well, when I found out she was working for teh Global Health Corps I knew, if she had an open mind, she would see the inequity in healthcare. She obviously has gotten around and seen the real world. Anyone who has a brain can see how unfair our health care system is and that we needed to do something.

    June 14, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    With thinking like this perhaps she should have DNA done to see if she is really a Bush.

    June 14, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Bengus81

    FINALLY a Bush with a brain and a heart. Wow....probably disowned by now.

    June 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Riley

    Come on now. I saw the entire interview. CNN is making it sound like Barbarba Bush endorsed the Obama Health care bill, but she DID NOT. She merely said it was good that a bill was passed. GHEESH, CNN!!!

    June 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. kmber

    I'm hardcore dem, but I gotta say, W. can't be that bad of a guy given his wife and daughters. (And for the record, I've always liked Laura & the girls, long before they began sharing their support for Kagan and health care).

    June 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Armando

    WOW! the only smart Bush in the bunch. Maybe she's Adopted?

    June 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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