Miss USA is right about healthcare
Newly crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough sparked a twitter debate when she was asked during the Q and A part of the pageant if affordable healthcare is a right or a privilege and responded in the latter.
McCullough, a 25 year old physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission is right in her response of "As a government employee, I am granted healthcare and I can see first hand that for one to have healthcare you have to have jobs." The keyword there is "jobs."
Nowhere in the bill of rights does it say we are entitled to affordable health care. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have it or that they shouldn't make it available but as it stands now, it's not a right. McCullough addressed that, adding "so therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all American citizens worldwide."
I think part of the response comes from the fact that McCullough, being a scientist deals in facts as opposed to ideology. When you say "affordable" you're linking it to a job. It would have to be affordable to anyone making the minimum wage. should someone making minimum wage be entitled to the same healthcare as someone making millions? If that answer is yes, then it's a right. If not, then we have to go privilege.
Healthcare is something that must be bought. You don't need a right or privilege to buy something, just money and that comes from jobs. So whether you agree or disagree with McCullough philosophically, you have to agree that the way things stand now, she is right.
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