Sebelius Pushes Back: We Still Support The Public Option

09/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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."

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