Obama's Thursday Speech To Tout Health Law Benefits

The president's chief spokesman said the speech will focus on how the overhaul is helping keep health-insurance rates low and resulting in rebates to some Americans.  

The Washington Post: Going On The Offensive, Obama To Tout Affordable Care Act Thursday
President Obama will tout a key financial benefit of the Affordable Care Act in a White House speech Thursday, highlighting a provision that requires health insurers to devote at least 80 percent of their spending on medical care and health care quality improvement or give rebates to consumers (Eilperin, 7/18).

Kaiser Health News: White House Says Health Law Will Restrain Insurance Prices In 2014
Ratcheting up the campaign to sell the health law, President Barack Obama was expected to deliver a speech Thursday touting how millions of individuals are already benefiting from its insurance rebates, while others who buy coverage in new online marketplaces in California, New York and Oregon will pay lower-than-projected premiums (Galewitz and Appleby, 7/18).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: President Plans Speech Thursday To Tout 'Obamacare'
President Barack Obama on Thursday will tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to a skeptical public during a speech at the White House as part of an effort to build support for the health law in the face of continued Republican efforts to block it. Mr. Obama's chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said the speech will focus on how the health law, commonly called "Obamacare," is helping keeping health-insurance rates low and resulting in rebates to some Americans. The speech is set to start at 11:25 a.m. (Favole, 7/17).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama To Talk Up $500 Million In Rebates Under Health Care Law After House Votes For Delays
Eager to counter Republicans intent on repealing his health care law, President Barack Obama will argue that it's working and hold up as proof half a billion dollars in rebates insurance companies are sending to some 8.5 million consumers as a result. At the White House on Thursday, Obama will argue that his Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers. The rebates average about $100, spokesman Jay Carney said (7/17).

USA Today: Obama To Tout Americans Already Benefiting Of Health Law
With his administration facing deadlines to establish health care exchanges in all 50 states by Oct. 1 and GOP lawmakers continuing to call for a repeal of the law, the president is looking to trumpet the law by highlighting one of the most tangible ways Americans are benefiting from it even as his administration struggles to fully implement it (Madhani, 7/18).

Politico: Obama To Tout Tangible Health Law Benefits
After two weeks of sustained GOP assaults on his health care law, President Barack Obama tries to turn the page Thursday with a speech promoting Obamacare provisions the White House says are already saving people money (Millman, 7/18).

The Hill: President to Tout ObamaCare Savings In Thursday Address
President Obama will promote his signature health care law to the public on Thursday, focusing on a provision the White House says has saved consumers billions of dollars. The appearance will be Obama's third public address this year solely on the Affordable Care Act (Baker, 7/18).

Reuters: Obama Steps In To Push Health Plan As Critical Date Draws Near
Amid delays and a barrage of political criticism of his signature health care law, President Barack Obama will play pitchman for the plan on Thursday as a critical enrollment date draws near. Obama is due give a speech at the White House highlighting how the plan has already benefited the public by lowering insurance costs and will do so in the future, senior administration officials said (Felsenthal, 7/18).

McClatchy: The Checks Are In The Mail: Obama To Announce Health Insurance Rebates For 8.5 Million Americans
The Obama administration is pushing back against the Affordable Care Act naysayers. One day after House Republicans passed legislation to delay enforcement of the health care law's individual mandate, President Obama will take to the airwaves to announce that checks are in the mail for 8.5 million Americans who'll split more than $504 million in rebates from their health insurance company, thanks to a provision of the health law that penalizes insurers for wasteful spending. Families on the receiving end of those rebates will get checks averaging $100 (Pugh, 7/18).

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