Newly-crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough is walking back an answer she gave during Sunday night’s competition, during which she called health care “a privilege.”
In an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America, McCullough changed her position and said she now believes health care is “a right.”
“I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right,” McCullough said. “I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide.”
“I just want people to see where I was coming from,” said the 25-year-old chemist and employee of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege.”
On Sunday night, McCullough sparked a social media firestorm over her answer at the pageant, after she was asked if affordable health care should be considered a right for all Americans.
“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she said at the time. “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.”
— Miss USA (@MissUSA) May 15, 2017
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 16, 2017