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Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas who used to wake up every morning at 4 A.M. to deliver canned beverages to retailers before retiring in 2010. A lifelong Republican, he was heavily skeptical of the Affordable Care Act when it first passed. “I did not think that Obamacare was going to be a good plan, I did not think that it was going to help me at all,” he told ThinkProgress over the phone.

But after doing a little research, Matthews eventually realized how much the law could help him. And on Tuesday, his local Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) provider confirmed that he would be able to buy a far better plan than his current policy while saving at least $13,000 per year through Arkansas’ Obamacare marketplace.

Matthews was self-employed between 1997 and 2010, meaning he had to purchase his own plan on the individual market. He chose a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan for himself and his wife that charged a $250 per month premium and had a $2,000 deductible. But the price of that policy kept rising even as it covered fewer of his costs, eventually devolving into his current rate of $1,069 per month with a $10,000 deductible. At this point, it doesn’t even cover his medication or doctors’ visits — particularly concerning considering he had to have two stents placed in his heart in 2006.

“I do not work now, I’m 61, and we do have assets saved up. But still, to come up with that $1,069 per month….” he said, trailing off. “I went to Blue Cross Blue Shield, and they don’t even sell that plan anymore, but I could not change it to anything else. So I was locked in with it.”

That all changed once Obamacare’s state-level marketplaces opened to the public on Tuesday. Matthews knew that, at his income level, the law would help him pay for insurance. But even he might not have expected just how good of a deal he could get: his new coverage will cost him absolutely nothing in monthly premiums after factoring in federal subsidies, and has a deductible of $750.

“Which is a lot different from $10,000,” he pointed out, laughing.

The mid-level “Silver” policy that he picked out also offers a significantly better benefits package. “It’s a lot better plan,” Matthews said. His old plan was considered to be “Bronze” and had much higher co-pays. Under Obamacare, when Matthews visits a doctor, it will no longer cost him around $150. It will cost $8.

So what would Matthews tell other Americans who are skeptical about Obamacare? “I would tell them to learn more about it before they start talking bad about it,” he noted. “Be more informed, get more information, take your time and study and not just go by just what you hear on one side or the other. Actually check the facts on it.”

“I still am a very strong Republican, but this… I’m so happy that this came along,” he continued. “Our home is paid for, vehicle’s paid for, this is our expense that we have. We have more expense on medical care than everything else put together, so this is going to be a great help for us.”
Thinkprogress.com


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Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 17:47 PM

Well your just gonna love this about your party!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/...

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 17:51 PM

If he said that-it's unacceptable. However, I take what fox says with a grain of salt.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:41 PM

This crap is going to hurt Disney World:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/disney-...

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:54 PM

@Sheran..now your worried about Disney-land..Oh your deep fishing today..

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 19:10 PM

I see you read enough to see it going to hurt Sea World as well... This Law is a TRAIN WRECK.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 20:30 PM

You just posted a bunch of fertilizer.... Obamacare hasn't even started yet.Only sign up with an a$$ of errors...

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 20:57 PM

Read the story....you know what they say about assumptions....and some parts of Obamcare started months ago....read the story....he signed about today and found out the program will help him.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 22:00 PM

Your an ObamaCare wanta be navigator.

icyman61 commented on Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 00:19 AM

Please look at the forrest, not the tree, it hurts every small business out there.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 08:17 AM

@Sheran-did you read your own post... about Disney land. Obamacare is helping Disney promote part-time employees to full time...Thanks for posting a positive article.

gacpl commented on Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 10:25 AM

did you read it PN? 427 people that are already working full time shifts will be reclassified to full time (no change there). 160,000 from another company have to go somewhere else for insurance. UPS dropped medical for familys, only insuring the employee. how is that good?

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 11:43 AM

PN is in full spin mode. The news I'm seeing is that Obamacare has almost no positive effects on the economy as a whole. Sure - there may be some anecdotal incidents (or is it spin?) of things going the other way, but the effect of this program on large and small businesses is decidedly negative. And that doesn't include the people who are either getting out of the health care industry or being dissuaded from pursuing a career in heath care to begin with.

I say give it six months. When the stats are compiled, we'll see how the Democrats spin it then.

HMJC commented on Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 08:02 AM

it's easy, they will blame the republicans...

sebekm commented on Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 12:02 PM

...or the GOP...


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