Dick Armey Favors Public Option

Via Steve Benen and Media Matters, The Economist reports Dick Armey favors a public option. Benen writes:

Armey accidentally tell The Economist that the public option may be a good idea.

"If you in fact freely choose to enroll in Medicare that's a wonderful gift, it's a charity, it's something I applaud. But when they force you in, that's tyranny."

The Economist added, "In arguing against the Democrats' plan, he says that Medicare is a form of tyranny, and that citizens should be able to choose to enroll in the program. This choice, between a public plan and private ones, is precisely what the Democrats propose in a public option."

Now Dick Armey is on board. Now to get Max Baucus . . .

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    if Dicks on board (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 08:51:49 AM EST
    I may need to rethink

    You forget... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 12:02:35 PM EST
    ...Chuck "I don't have to read the bill to be an obstructionist" Grassley.

    /sadly remembers a time when Chuck was somewhat reasonable.

    You're killing me! (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by ricosuave on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 12:13:12 PM EST
    Your headline almost gave me a heart attack.  Glad to know it is not a case of Dick Armey developing some sort of principals, but merely his ordinary dishonest appraisal of something that is not actually being proposed.

    You non-Texans may not know this, but Dick is his middle name. His first name is "The".

    The actual bill in the House (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by cawaltz on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 02:38:08 PM EST
    doesn't give people options. It ought to be tweaked so that anyone could choose to go with the public option or choose the private one. At this point it doesn't though.

    Coming out of this debate (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 09:58:33 AM EST
    with Medicare-for-all would go a long way towards restoring my faith in government and politics. Coming out of it without something close to that, whatever they choose to call it, will be a huge disappointment, and more so the longer it drags on. If they are going to disappoint me, I hope they do it quick.

    HA! (none / 0) (#3)
    by ChiTownDenny on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 10:55:41 AM EST
    Vive la tyrrany!

    Does Dick Armey have a vote (none / 0) (#4)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 11:03:00 AM EST
    in the House or Senate?

    But what would he think (none / 0) (#5)
    by itscookin on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 11:37:20 AM EST
    about the personal mandate to purchase insurance or be fined as we now have in Massachusetts?

    Good catch! nt (none / 0) (#7)
    by Radiowalla on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 12:04:23 PM EST