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. ben san roda

    This is America–we have freedom to express our thoughts & beliefs no matter where our party allegiance is. Kudos to Barbara!

    June 14, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Mattski

    Well at least the final bill didn't have a public option or those back-room favors for a handful of states. Obama learned the same lesson Clinton had to learn when he was first elected. Just because you're in the White House doesn't mean you're going to dictate how legislation will come down, even with a supermajority. I know it's hard for conservatives to see it, but they won some important victories along the way that kept the bill from being a lot more expensive.

    June 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. CR

    W's daughter speaks the truth. Good for her.

    June 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Observer

    Since he retired, we are finding more evidence that George Bush might be the least intelligent member of his immediate family.

    June 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Unlike Sara Palin,the Bush daughter is sensible.

    June 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Dennis

    Wow, a Bush with a brain. Good for her. Between her and Meghan McCain, perhaps Republicans ARE actually capable of spawning bright compassionate people. Of course, there are those who think folks on "lower salaries" shouldn't have health care.....if you're poor and have a chronic illness, just take an aspirin.

    June 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Dva

    Finally a Bush being honest.

    June 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. guest

    Shows she doesn't just think about herself.

    June 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Democritic

    Wow! So somebody that doesn't know nothing about healthcare thinks it should have passed. Impressive. Especially since she doesn't have to pay for any of it. Hey my kid said that I should be a brain surgeon because being one is a good idea and people have a right to brain surgey.

    June 14, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. andre

    somewhere, Dick Cheney is having another heart attack

    June 14, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. scott p

    This Barbara is a nice girl, not like all the other republicans who want health care only for the rich.

    June 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. bill

    It's obvious that Miss Bush has a higher intellect and more empathy for the common American citizen than her father or her father's Republican party has.

    Daddy has probably already called her and told her to shut up.

    June 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Sweetp

    Hey Rush Limbaugh, did you hear that? HA!

    June 14, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Jason B.

    I'm glad she stood up for her principles. Of course, now she'll be shunned by the rest of the GOP because she didn't follow party lines and *dared* to think for herself.

    June 14, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. No Incumbents 2010

    To hear a Bush say something truthful is so shocking I will be needing therapy to deal with it. BB just went up a notch in my book. That puts her at notch 1.

    June 14, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. jummai Yahya

    obviously, the young lady's headis well screwed on her neck and that is why she can see far beyond what people born into fabulous riches can see. God bless her and Meghan McCain!.

    June 14, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Bill NY

    Wow!!!!! I feel like Gomer Pyle. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!!!

    June 14, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Mike in NYC

    "Health should be a right for everyone."

    If she really said that, it situates her on the far left end of the IQ bell curve.

    As for "global health equity," drastic population reduction would be the quickest path to that goal.

    June 14, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Anonymous

    This just shows there is a disconnect from reality with the younger generations. I am disappointed with Barbara Bush's comments. Evidently she does not realize that she and her generation will be the ones bearing the brunt of Obamacare's cost. No one who lives in the US is entitled to free healthcare....the Constitution does not guarantee that to any citizen.

    What the younger generations needs to realize is that all of the freebies that Obama is giving to them will need to be paid for starting in 2014....after the re-election in 2012. There is nothing in life that is free. We all will have to pay more taxes for this stupid law. Plus our healthcare will not get better, only worse. All you have to do is hold a conversation with someone from Canada, and you will learn the truth about what is coming for American healthcare, thanks to Obama.

    So Barbara, WAKE UP and Keep your mouth shut. Especially, when you do not understand what you are speaking about.

    June 14, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. lovable liberal

    I like what Barbara Bush said, but why did she get coverage?

    Oh yeah, she was on Fox, and CNN covers whatever Republican families say on Fox. That's why we hear Liz Cheney spout her family's vicious insanity and why we never hear from Chelsea Clinton.

    June 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. joan newman

    Good For Barbara!
    It goes to show you no matter what your politics are, SPEAK OUT!

    June 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. haren

    Fox news, slap on their face.

    June 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Dustin

    Time for the right wing media machine to start tearing down Barbara the same way they tried to tear down Meghan McCain for her opinions.

    June 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Bill H.

    She seems to be a very bright and intelligent young lady. Thank God someone in the Bush family has brains!☺

    June 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Gary

    Good for her. She's obviously more compassionate than the hard line GOPers who can't see past the party lines on this issue.

    June 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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