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Miss USA Kára McCullough now says health care is a ‘right,’ not a ‘privilege’

Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough competes on May

Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough competes on May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she said, "For one to have health care, you need to have jobs." Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Following a public backlash, Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough is clarifying her statement at the pageant Sunday that health care is “a privilege” rather than a right.

“I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right,” McCullough, 25, representing Washington, D.C., said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide,” she added.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chemist had answered Sunday that she believed health care was a privilege because “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.”

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