The new Miss USA beauty pageant winner has sparked controversy by declaring that healthcare was a “privilege”, not a right.
Kara McCullough, a scientist at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, appeared to link healthcare to employment.
But the beauty queen, 25, faced a backlash on social media.
It comes as the Trump administration battles to overturn Obamacare, which aimed to extend insurance coverage to the 15% of Americans who lack it.
Earlier this month the lower chamber of the US Congress passed a new healthcare act that Democrats say will leave millions uninsured.
However, Republicans in the Senate have indicated they will cast it aside and write a new law.
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