McCullough went on to add that the country needs to continue to cultivate an environment where people have the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs.
During the competition, McCullough was also asked if she considered herself a feminist, to which she said she prefers to "transpose" the word feminism to "equalism".
Miss America Kara McCullough, a government scientist, says health care is "a privilege" for working people. She said she doesn't "like to consider myself a diehard, you know, like I don't care about men". We deserve a lot when it comes to opportunity in the workplace as well as just like leadership positions.
Last night, Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist, took home the Miss USA title for the District of Columbia.
25-year-old scientist Kara McCullough has been crowned as Miss USA 2017 on Sunday by 2016 victor DeShauna Barber. "Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege".
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a concentration in radiochemistry from South Carolina State University.
"Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist".
Even before Kara McCollough, Miss District of Columbia, was announced the victor, social media was in a frenzy over her responses during the Q&A segment of the broadcast.
On Sunday, she honored her late mother by wearing her natural hair for the final walk as Miss USA, a decision that was celebrated on Twitter. "I love science", she told reporters after the event, per NBC.
Her healthcare answer proved to be controversial, but also the victor of the competition - marking the second consecutive year Washington, DC has won the crown.
A 25-year-old scientist representing the District of Columbia was crowned victor of the Miss USA pageant yesterday, the second consecutive year that the contestant from the nation's capital won the annual competition.
Five of the participants in this year's Miss USA contest were foreign-born but were raised in the United States.
However Twitter wasn't happy and many were quick to criticise her answers.
"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege", Ms McCullough said.