Dick Armey Supports A Public Option?

August 27, 2009 2:25 pm ET — Chris Harris

During an audio interview with The Economist, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey seemingly endorsed the idea of a public option.

Dick Armey Makes The Case For A Public Option

Earlier this week, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey sat down with The Economist for an interview on health care. 

Throughout nearly the entire interview, Armey stuck to the standard Luntz-issued Republican talking points that have come to define the GOP's position on health insurance reform.

He stuck to them, that is, until he tried to spice up his story with a personal anecdote and wound up agreeing with exactly what the Democrats are proposing.

Dick Armey: 

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.

As The Economist rightly noted:

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.