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Newly crowned Miss USA calls health care a ‘privilege,’ not a right

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough reacts after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Miss District of Columbia was crowned as this year’s Miss USA and will be moving on to Miss Universe later this year. But her crowning achievement is not without controversy.

On Sunday, 25-year-old chemist Kára McCullough was scrutinized for one of her answers during the pageant when she was asked whether health care is a privilege or a right.

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” McCullough said. "As a government employee, I'm granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs."

The comment sparked reaction from varying points of view on social media.



McCullough also mentioned that she would like to transpose the word feminism to "equalism."

McCullough created a community outreach program called Science Exploration for Children (SE4K) that helps tutor students between the sixth and 11th grades in math and science.

This is the second year that a contestant from Washington, D.C. has won Miss USA. Last year, Deshauna Barber won the coveted title. She was the first-ever military member to win.

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