Miss USA Clarifies Controversial Health Care Comments: 'I Am Privileged to Have Health Care and I Do Believe That It Should Be a Right'

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After intense backlash over her comments about health care during the Miss USA pageant, newly crowned nuclear chemist Kara McCullough went on Good Morning America to “clarify” her controversial comments afterward, now insisting that health care “should be a right” for all.

“I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right,” the 25-year-old said Tuesday. “I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide.”

McCullough, who works with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Miss USA 2017 on Sunday night, but not without receiving some chatter for her comments not only on health care but also on feminism.

When asked if affordable health care is a right or a privilege, McCullough responded: “As a government employee, I am 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 [so] that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs [for] all the American citizens worldwide.”

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When asked if she considered herself a feminist, she responded, “I don’t want to call myself a feminist. ... Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace,” adding that she would like to “transpose” the term from “feminism” to “equalism.”

At any rate, McCullough told GMA that she was “not at all” surprised by the backlash she stirred.

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