Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius played down her controversial comments on health care reform in a speech Tuesday.
The former Kansas governor created consternation Sunday by saying on Sunday that a public option was "not essential" to the legislation. But she brushed off the concerned reaction from many Democrats, saying the administration's outlook hasn't shifted at all.
"All I can tell you is that Sunday must have been a very slow news day, because here's the bottom line: absolutely nothing has changed," she said. "We continue to support the public option that will help lower costs, give American consumers more choice and keep private insurers honest."