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    Obama health care supporters: Florida doctor tells Obama health care supporters to go elsewhere - OrlandoSentinel.com



    By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel

    4:50 p.m. EDT, April 2, 2010

    MOUNT DORA — 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?"

    Stephen Hudak can be reached at shudak@orlandosentinel.com or 352-742-5930.
    Copyright © 2010, Orlando Sentinel
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    here's his website...the "about me" section tells you a little about him

    Better Living Through Urology :: The New Book By Jack Cassell, M.D.
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    I'm mobile now and I'm on the fence about this. I will have to think about it more before passing judgement.
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    Man, that's a pretty cocky thing to do. This urologist must be really p'd off! I bet he's going to get a stream of hate mail over this.

    On the flip side, I think we're going to see more stores like this trickle out over the next few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by groovy View Post
    Man, that's a pretty cocky thing to do. This urologist must be really p'd off! I bet he's going to get a stream of hate mail over this.

    On the flip side, I think we're going to see more stores like this trickle out over the next few weeks.
    yup, but do you have an idea how many patients he's going to get.. Do you know how many morons are going to go to him now..

    (i'm not saying not wanting the bill makes u moron, i'm saying going to that doctor just because he's againt's the bill makes you a moron)..
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    Good for him for speaking what he believes! Weather i believe in what he says doesn't matter.. i'm just glad he's willing to voice his opinion! These changes are going to directly effect him and his business... he has every right to say what he feels!
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    He's just a poor loser Repub-Putz putting up some propaganda. He admits that he has to treat any patient presenting to him, but given his location I'm sure it's preaching to the choir.

    I wish he cared more for the health of the Nation and less of his petty political leanings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antonio3 View Post
    Weather i believe in what he says doesn't matter..

    I believe you mean "whether".
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    Quote Originally Posted by antonio3 View Post
    Good for him for speaking what he believes! Weather i believe in what he says doesn't matter.. i'm just glad he's willing to voice his opinion! These changes are going to directly effect him and his business... he has every right to say what he feels!
    Voicing ur opinion is one thing, discriminating against people who disagree with it is another..


    I wouldn't get near that doctor...
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas View Post
    He's just a poor loser Repub-Putz putting up some propaganda. He admits that he has to treat any patient presenting to him, but given his location I'm sure it's preaching to the choir.

    I wish he cared more for the health of the Nation and less of his petty political leanings.
    Read what he has to say. It appears to me that he does care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nimer55 View Post
    Voicing ur opinion is one thing, discriminating against people who disagree with it is another..


    I wouldn't get near that doctor...
    He's giving you his opinion and allowing you to take your business to another doctor if you disagree. If he's not the only urologist in the area, why is that a problem?
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    There is a difference between voicing your opinion and denying someone health care. What about the patients that he is in the middle of treatment with? He may be treating prostate cancer or other things that you get treated from someone you have a trusting physician-patient relationship with. It is his obligation to treat those patients.

    I think he is in violation of every moral value in the Hippocratic Oath that he took when he became a physician. His only interest is in his wallet and not the well-being of his patients or that of the nation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dabadman View Post
    I think he is in violation of every moral value in the Hippocratic Oath that he took when he became a physician. His only interest is in his wallet and not the well-being of his patients or that of the nation.
    I don't really have a strong opinion about the ethics vs. free speech angle....I think he's wrong and unprofessional, but would simply not go to him. However, this whole issue is distasteful, because folks political ideology can't be allowed to have "Republican doctor offices" and "Democratic doctor offices". What's next? Can I ask political questions at job interviews, and only hire liberal teachers? Or have a grocery store that caters to only conservatives? It's just ugly.

    Of course, while his reasoning is most certainly ideological and not racial, it's a bit icky that the end result is that he pretty much alienates minorities, because of their overwhelming support of Obama. He'll end up, quite coincidently, with a very Caucasian patient list.
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    Personally, I'm wishing that someone at a national level would keep up with how many death threats he's going to get over taking this 'stand'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Personally, I'm wishing that someone at a national level would keep up with how many death threats he's going to get over taking this 'stand'.
    Well, that would be unacceptable. But I'm betting that politicians and members of Congress won't tell folks to "reload" and put a gunsight on his office.
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    Good for him...hope his family doesn't desert him when he can't pay his bills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas View Post
    He's just a poor loser Repub-Putz putting up some propaganda. He admits that he has to treat any patient presenting to him, but given his location I'm sure it's preaching to the choir.

    I wish he cared more for the health of the Nation and less of his petty political leanings.
    No, he is not required to treat anyone who comes to him. He is under no obligation to enter into a Doctor/patient relationship if he doesn't want to.

    He has likely done more for the health of our nation than the entire Congress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweaner View Post

    He has likely done more for the health of our nation than the entire Congress.
    Since both of my teenage kids have pre-existing medical conditions and would have been unlikely to get their own medical coverage when they are grown, I would disagree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dabadman View Post
    There is a difference between voicing your opinion and denying someone health care. What about the patients that he is in the middle of treatment with? He may be treating prostate cancer or other things that you get treated from someone you have a trusting physician-patient relationship with. It is his obligation to treat those patients.

    I think he is in violation of every moral value in the Hippocratic Oath that he took when he became a physician. His only interest is in his wallet and not the well-being of his patients or that of the nation.
    Did you even read the article? He's not denying anyone care.
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    This is all the good doctor is saying, courtesy of Obamacare:
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