Kara McCullough wins Miss USA after unpopular answer about health care


On Sunday night, Miss USA pageant winner Kara McCullough ignited a huge firestorm debate when she said that health care was a "privilege" and not a right.

While competing as Miss District of Columbia, McCullough talked about health care in relation to job creation, saying, "I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege."

"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 so that we're given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide," McCullough, who is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, added.

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Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough reacts after being crowned 2017 Miss USA.

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Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough is crowned 2017 Miss USA.

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Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould celebrates after finishing third in the pageant.

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First runner-up Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg (L) congratulates Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough as she is named the winner of the pageant.

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Show hosts Terrence J and Julianne Hough (C) stand with contestants during the evening gown competition.

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The five finalists, Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg, Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, Miss South Carolina Megan Gordon, Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland and Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould, stand on stage.

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Singer Brett Eldredge performs during the evening gown competition.

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Miss Alaska Alyssa London.

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Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough.

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Miss New York Hannah Lopa.

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Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg.

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Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg.

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Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould.

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Miss Alaska Alyssa London.

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Miss New York Hannah Lopa.

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Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland.

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The comments sparked major backlash online, especially considering the fact that Republicans recently pushed through the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in a controversial move that had not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office to see what the cost of the bill would be and how many Americans stood to lose health care coverage.

"Miss DC was my fav but ... not after that answer," wrote Twitter user Charlsley Carey. "Everyone has a right to health care."

"Well I guess poor people don't deserve health care because the new Miss USA said it was a privilege," tweeted Kathy Lovett.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough is named a top 10 finalist during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Kara McCullough reacts after being crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Co-hosts Terrence J and Julianne Hough look on as Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough answers a question during the interview portion of the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McCullough went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough (C) is surrounded by fellow contestants after she was crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2017 by Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Kara McCullough competes in the evening gown competition during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: (L-R) Miss New Jersey USA 2017 Chhavi Verg, Miss Minnesota USA 2017 Meridith Gould and Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough stand together after being named the top three finalists during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McCullough went on to be named the new Miss USA and Verg was named the first runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough reacts after being crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough (C) is surrounded by fellow contestants after she was crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough reacts after being crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough (3rd L) is surrounded by fellow contestants after she was crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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