Thursday, October 3, 2013


The desperate attempt by the Republicans to kill Obamacare is going to get a lot harder when more and more people like Butch Matthews figures out “Hey, it’s working.”

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.


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.”

“Actually check the facts.”  What a concept.

2 barks and woofs on “Converts

  1. GOP: “Facts? we don’ need no steenkin’ facts!” Bravo, Butch Matthews, evidently a Republican of the sort I knew in my adolescence, before the crazies took over the party. (Remember when even “liberal Republican” was not an oxymoron?)

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