People are questioning whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meant to suggest Sunday that the Obama administration was ready to shelve the government-sponsored insurance option as part of health reform. "What's important is choice and competition," she said on CNN, adding that a public option "is not an essential element." In response, Democratic members of Congress sent her a sharply worded letter calling removal of the public option a "grave error" that would doom reform in the House. The scrutiny of Sebelius' comments led to a vigorous administration defense of her under this CQPolitics headline: "Sebelius 'boringly consistent,' White House says."
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