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. Nick , California

    Its funny how we as Americans are so ready to kill and fight wars.. but when it comes to helping each other (aka... health care) we refuse! Until we change our mentality from everyone for themselves.. to helping your fellow citizen.. we will continue to fall short on any progress as a nation!

    June 14, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Jan

    Good for Barbara

    The health care bill was not for Obama. It was for the people of America that need access to health care.

    It is time that we stop making everything political; and address issues based on the public good, instead of who occupies the White House.

    June 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. PJ

    Wow! A Republican who thinks poor people are Human Beings not slaves or machines- guess we'll spare her when the revolution comes. Way ta go, Barb!!!

    June 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Boo-Yah

    Well, that's refreshing. Truth and intelligence from one of the Bush family members.

    June 14, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Someone who thinks for herself. Good for you

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Amazed @ the duplicitousness

    Even young Republicans are becoming idiots (this one and McCains daughter too... it is the memtality of youth today..... everyone owes them something and they should get everything for free.

    A progressive, whether they be Republican (GWB was a Repub progrssive) or Democrat (BHO is a Dem Prog), ant his is all about govermental control over every aspect of our lives.

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    "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."
    In the scope of what she says here I agree with her. But there are many ways to get there. ObamaCare happens to be one of the worst. It ends up raising the cost of health care without improving the quality. It's not paid for and it just dumps some serious financial problems on future generations of Americans.

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. me in NH

    could not agree with her more.

    We like this Bush daughter

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. 52 Pick-up

    Glad to see this generation of Bush's are more enlightened.

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Betty SC

    There is a Bush with a brain. Pass it on to the other GOP's and maybe just maybe this country will be back on track.

    June 14, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Jeff

    Finally a Bush with a brain...I am sure the right wing and teanutter groups will rip her apart....

    June 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Jeff

    "Health should be a right for everyone."

    Really? If that's the case, then certainly food should be a right for everyone, too. What's more important to a person's health than nutrition?

    While we're at it, shelter is also very important to your health. Perhaps we should pass a housing bill so that all Americans can get a federally funded house.

    Proper clothing is also critical to your health. Especially in colder climates.

    Why is it that people who have higer incomes have nicer houses, and better food, and better clothing? This injustice needs to be corrected. Only the federal government can get it done.


    June 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Chris

    She makes a good point.
    Just because you have a low salary shouldn't mean you don't get the same standard as someone on a high salary. We need everyone in an economy from brick layers, to fund managers, dentists to teachers, to plumbers. These people all earn different salaries but are all equally needed.

    One thing you can say about the W family is that they have good international health credentials (i.e. Bush in Africa / on AIDS).

    June 14, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Thierry

    Bravo Barbara,

    "Not like Father, like daughter".

    June 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. glenda

    YEA for Barbara and her care for others.! Medical care should be a right for everyone not a profit for a few!

    June 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. j

    Stupidity must have a genetic component.

    June 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. mdn

    Even the Bush family has some good eggs!

    Ms. Bush deserves credit for voicing her opinion despite its lack of popularity.

    June 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Nancy Burt

    Good for you, Barbara. You are one young lady with a lot of class and honesty.

    June 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Byrd

    Maybe maniacal psychosis skips at least one in a generation, even in a family so overwhelmingly evil as the Bushes. But I wouldn't count on it.

    June 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    A previous article about Ms Bush got a lot of sour comments from liberals, just because of her family. Don't you fools know that she isn't responsible for her family's deeds? Judge this lady on her own actions; maybe her work isn't what you would choose, but this is her life, not yours.

    It takes brains and heart to start this endeavor. And it takes guts to go off in your own direction, as Barbara Bush is doing. She has my respect.

    June 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. GravitysAngel

    She sounds like a smart girl!

    June 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Teresa from AZ

    Good for her, you know her mom Laura was a Democrat before hooking up with "W", so I guess she has some Liberal blood in her, which I think is fantastic

    June 14, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Sascha

    So she's smarter than her daddy.

    Not that that's hard.

    June 14, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. bill486

    A Bush with brains? Probably not REALLY his daughter.....

    June 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Bob of Lompoc

    The Next Unofficial Wonder Of The World – a Bush with an intellect.

    June 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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