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Another Small Hero In The Age Of Obama

April 3, 2010

Doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere for health care
A Mount Dora doctor posted a sign telling Obama health care supporters to go elsewhere.

Article: Orlando Sentinel

A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care “elsewhere.”

“I’m not turning anybody away — that would be unethical,”
Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. “But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it.”

The sign reads: “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.”

Estella Chatman, 67, of Eustis, whose daughter snapped a photo of the typewritten sign, sent the picture to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the Orlando Democrat who riled Republicans last year when he characterized the GOP’s idea of health care as, “If you get sick, America … Die quickly.”

Chatman said she heard about the sign from a friend referred to Cassell after his physician recently died. She said her friend did not want to speak to a reporter but was dismayed by Cassell’s sign.

“He’s going to find another doctor,” she said.

Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is “trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation,” Allen said.

“But this is pushing the limit,” he said.

Cassell, who has practiced medicine in GOP-dominated Lake County since 1988, said he doesn’t quiz his patients about their politics, but he also won’t hide his disdain for the bill Obama signed and the lawmakers who passed it.

In his waiting room, Cassell also has provided his patients with photocopies of a health-care timeline produced by Republican leaders that outlines “major provisions” in the health-care package. The doctor put a sign above the stack of copies that reads: “This is what the morons in Washington have done to your health care. Take one, read it and vote out anyone who voted for it.”

Cassell, whose lawyer wife, Leslie Campione, has declared herself a Republican candidate for Lake County commissioner, said three patients have complained, but most have been “overwhelmingly supportive” of his position.

They know it’s not good for them,” he said.

Cassell, who previously served as chief of surgery at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, said a patient’s politics would not affect his care for them, although he said he would prefer not to treat people who support the president.

I can at least make a point,” he said.

The notice on Cassell’s office door could cause some patients to question his judgment or fret about the care they might receive if they don’t share his political views, Allen said. He said doctors are wise to avoid public expressions that can affect the physician-patient relationship.

Erin VanSickle, spokeswoman for the Florida Medical Association, would not comment specifically.

But she noted in an e-mail to the Sentinel that physicians are extended the same rights to free speech as every other citizen in the United States.”

The outspoken Grayson described Cassell’s sign as “ridiculous.”

“I’m disgusted,” he said. “Maybe he thinks the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no good.’ If this is the face of the right wing in America, it’s the face of cruelty. … Why don’t they change the name of the Republican Party to the Sore Loser Party?”

Oh, it’s not about being the sore loser party… It’s about giving those who support socialism a small taste of what they’re in for while not punishing the rest of us who support freedom, democracy, rights, and America. Just because the current resident of the White House happens to have a “D” next to his name, it doesn’t mean this is a “left & right” issue.

Now if only every nonprofit organization would stop aiding those who voted for Obama; if every “soldier” who voted for Obama would be discharged, government handouts would cease to be given to Obama voters, and if every business owner would fire every current employee and NOT hire any NEW ones who voted Obama; justice will be served. THEY should get what they voted for; not the rest of us.

This rules so hard.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. _decepticon permalink
    April 4, 2010 11:17 pm

    THEY should get what they voted for; not the rest of us.
    You say you believe in America.
    You say you believe in the Constitution.
    America is a Democracy. We all vote, and those who were voted into power make laws. That is the fundamental principle America is founded upon. DEMOCRACY. Not the rule of the minority, not the intense conflagration of church and state, but democracy. You want the country to run a certain way; fine. But that is not how democracy works. If you don’t like the laws being made, vote someone else in. But a majority of voting Americans voted these legislators into office. So everyone reaps the benefits, even those so short sighted that they can’t see them properly.

    I’m sure you found it just as annoying when various groups used to say that Bush wasn’t their president. This is the exact same situation, only now you don’t agree with those in power. So suddenly congresspeople and the president doing that which they were elected to do is unconstitutional and undemocratic, simply because you don’t agree with what’s being done? The constitution is apolitical. It always applies, whether you like it or not.

    • April 4, 2010 11:27 pm

      Oh cry cry cry.

      I’m well aware of what America is. Let me help you: It’s a Republic. A democratic republic. “..and to the Republic for which it stands…”. You see? Did they not teach you that in elementary school?

      I’m well aware of the fact that majority of us vote.
      I’m also aware of what the fundamental principalS that America was founded upon are.

      This is just humour. Don’t find it funny? Huh. Lots of us did. Humour isn’t based on the rule of the minority or the conflagration of church and state. You don’t find certain acts of freedom of speech funny; fine. But that is not how humour works. If you don’t like this doctor’s expression of freedom of speech, find another one. Majority of his patients aren’t going to get bent over this sign and his political beliefs. Wanna complain about it? You’re more than welcome. You think these laws will be beneficial to Americans? You’re more than welcome to be wrong. This is America, my friend.

      I didn’t find it annoying when a handful of angst filled teenagers used to say that Bush wasn’t their president. No skin off my back, no? No.

      Nice try, kiddo. 🙂

  2. Superbloop permalink
    April 6, 2010 11:11 pm

    Of course, if it were the reverse, you would have 100,867 posts on how a nation under Obama is genocidal.

  3. superbloop permalink
    April 6, 2010 11:13 pm

    Of course, if it were the reverse, you would have 1,567,892 posts on how a nation under Obama is genocidal.

    • April 6, 2010 11:40 pm

      Oh, no wonder why you can’t figure out the numbers for healthcare opposition. You think that “100,867 posts” and “1,567,892 posts” are the same thing.

      I suggest you drop back into the 7th grade. I’m sure they’ll let you. 🙂 Thanks for the laugh, though. Here, go chat with someone who is on the same level as yourself:


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