One day after 22 House Democrats joined Republicans in voting to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate, President Obama used his bully pulpit to tout the law’s benefits as well as the “savings” already resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

In a speech at the White House Thursday, the president explained that because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of every dollar paid in premiums on health care. Those that don’t meet that requirement must send their customers refunds.

“Last year, millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies — but instead of the usual dread that comes from getting a bill — they were pleasantly surprised with a check,” Obama said. “In 2012, 13 million rebates went out, in all 50 states. Another 8.5 [million] rebates are being sent out this summer, averaging around 100 bucks each.”

The president singled out by name some of the Americans for whom the rebates are making a difference.

“And this is happening all across the country, and it’s happening because of the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “It hasn’t been reported on a lot.  I bet if you took a poll, most folks wouldn’t know when that check comes in that this was because of Obamacare (laughter) — that they got this extra money in their pockets.  But that’s what’s happening,” he said.

Rebates are one thing, but rising premiums are another.

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