Update Wednesday May 17:
On Tuesday Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017, spoke with Good Morning America and clarified her remarks regarding affordable health care.
In the interview, McCullough said she hopes health care can soon be a right for everyone.
"I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right," she told GMA. "I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide."
Previous Monday May 15:
This marks the second year in a row that we're seeing some #BlackGirlMagic happening on stage at Miss USA. In 2016, Deshauna Barber — also from Washington, D.C. — took home the crown.
When asked if affordable health care is a privilege or a right, McCullough took a surprising stand and called it 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," the scientist said.
This answer comes at a pivotal moment as the GOP health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare was recently passed by Congress.
“I don’t want to call myself a feminist,” McCullough said. “Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace.”
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