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Newly crowned Miss USA terms health care as privilege; stirs up a hornet’s nest

Posted on 05-18-17 in Addiction, Mental Health, Treatment

It was a moment of exhilaration and celebration for 25-year-old Kára McCullough to win the Miss USA pageant on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas. However, moments before, the elated beauty queen from the District of Columbia kicked up a storm while answering a poser during the question-and-answer session.

McCullough, who is the second in a row to win the coveted title from the national capital, gave a terse and direct answer on affordable health care, which went on to build a tempest on social media. She had to face the most contentious of all the issues brewing in the country at the moment. The question put forth to her was – “Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege, and why?”

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” pat came her reply. “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. So, therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”

Her views baffled many people, and equally lauded by others. As the nation stands divided over the issue of affordable health care, with the Republicans and Democrats ready to swing for the fences, a curt and definitive view is bound to ruffle the feathers of many, especially if they hold a view that is different from that of the new Miss USA.

Moments later, the Twitterati came all guns blazing at her, putting forward their points on how health care was a basic right of the people of the nation and not a privilege. However, many also endorsed her views on health care, considering it as a privilege and not as a basic right.

Affordable health care has been a big issue between the Republicans and the Democrats and is too sensitive an issue to broach currently. Hence, it was only predictable that any views on it would rake up great controversies.

Mental health issues and substance use disorders

When it comes to health care, sound mental health is important for a happy and healthy life. Apart from being free of any physical ailment, one should not suffer from any mental illness or substance use disorders for a healthy living. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that only a meager 17 percent of the U.S. population enjoys a state of optimal mental health, which shows that the country is in a dismal state when it comes to the psychological health of the people.

Even substance abuse is a major public health concern in the U.S. Substance abuse and mental health are often interlinked and clinicians should be careful while dealing with the two sets of problems. Incidentally, there is also a bevy of renowned mental health and addiction treatment rehabs in the country. Patients and their loved ones should not shy away from seeking intervention due to stigma associated with mental problems and substance abuse problem. People should be educated and informed that these problems are treatable and patients should not be blamed for the problem.

Sovereign Health is a leading mental health caregiver and substance abuse treatment organization in the U.S., providing comprehensive treatment to all its patients. Our facility in Fort Myers, for instance, is not only one of the best drug treatment centers in Fort Myers but in the entire U.S. Our mental health facilities in Fort Myers are also world-class. Call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online for more information about our facilities and the available treatments.


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