by Cristina Cabrera
Freshly crowned Miss USA, Kara McCullough of Washington, D.C., sparked controversy on Sunday with her response to a question on whether affordable health care was a privilege or a right. “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she said.
McCullough, who works at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, continued: “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, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”
McCullough’s response comes at a time when the state of American health care is being hotly debated. A controversial GOP Obamacare repeal bill narrowly passed the House on May 4th.
Several people on Twitter slammed McCullough for her comments:
Miss USA is a chemist who advocates for women in STEM, but without feminism or guaranteed access to healthcare. Oooookay.
— The Dubai Datebook (@_ShamGod) May 15, 2017
For everyone that says well miss usa is rocket scientist, nuclear chemist I get it. Ben Carson is also a brain surgeon. See how that works?
— Dwight E. Williams (@DWill____) May 15, 2017
@deray Don’t the taxpayers fund part of military/government employees healthcare? Sounds like we’ve paid for her insurance and she’s ok with that.
— Maxwell Carr (@realmaxcarr) May 15, 2017
#MissUSA Miss DC just lost me with that answer….Affordable healthcare is a privilege? Girl bye. pic.twitter.com/Q5mU7PIlx1