Obama to talk up health care law's rebates

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after the Republican-controlled House voted to delay parts of President Barack Obama's health care law, he'll argue that it's working.

At the White House Thursday, Obama will discuss half a billion dollars in rebates consumers are receiving under the law.

Spokesman Jay Carney said Obama will counter persistent GOP criticism that the law is unworkable and must be repealed by highlighting the average $100 rebates being sent to some 8.5 million people.

The law requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar on medical care or quality improvement, or refund the difference.

Republicans point to the administration's recent decision to delay for one year, until after the 2014 elections, a requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health coverage or pay a penalty.

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