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Arkansas Republican: Praises Obamacare, going to save him $13,000

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HAPPY REPUBLICAN: Butch Matthews with his wife Debbie. - THINK PROGRESS
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It reports on Butch Matthews, 61, described as a small businessman and Republican from Little Rock.

He was skeptical about Obamacare, he says. He says he didn't think it would help him.

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

.When he was self-employed, he had to get his own coverage. It got more and more expensive ($1,069 a month), with a whopping $10,000 deductible that didn't begin to cover his drug and other needs given treatment for a heart ailment.

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.

Matthews says he's still a Republican. But what 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.”

Arkansas Republicans legislators don't want people like Matthews to get the facts, because they might like what they learn. Arkansas Republicans in Congress want to kill the program altogether. They'd prefer that Butch Matthews go back to his old coverage.

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