Butch Matthews is a lifelong Republican. He is a 61-year-old retiree in Little Rock, Ark., and when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to pass, he had his doubts. "I did not think it was going to help me at all," he said.
Prior to, he was reportedly spending $1,069 a month under a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, which amounts to $12,828 per year. But then he did some research when Obamacare's state exchanges went live on Tuesday.
Thankfully, Obamacare doesn't discriminate on party lines. Under Matthews' new plan via the federal provisions, he is a "Bronze," and pays nothing in monthly premiums after federal subsidies. He has a deductible of $750.
Instead of decrying it immediately, Matthews says people should "be more informed, get more information, take your time and study and [do] not just go by what you hear [from] one side or the other. ... Actually check the facts on it."
Matthews is still a Republican. He's just grateful for the health insurance.