Sebelius promises answers on administration's tort reform proposals

"We're going to find out if the trial lawyers run this place," McCain said, "or the American people."

During the hearing on the healthcare reform law's impact on consumers, Sebelius also reiterated the administration's stance that the law saves money. Medicare's chief actuary, Rick Foster, testified before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday that the law would increase healthcare costs and that promises that people could keep their insurance were "not true in all cases."

"We are standing by the Congressional Budget Office analysis," Sebelius said, referring to the estimate that the law would reduce the deficit in part because of its cost.

Finally, the secretary said the federal government was working with the state of Arizona to help it identify possible savings in its Medicaid program. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday requested a two-year waiver from the new law's Medicaid expansion; Arizona is the only state to do so thus far.