One doctor has decided to make his opposition to ObamaCare as public as possible. Dr. Jack Cassell put a sign on his door telling patients who supported the health-care overhaul bill to find another urologist. He’s also stocking his waiting room with information on the problems in ObamaCare — and so far, most of his patients have agreed with him:
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.”
Critics raised questions about Cassell’s ethics. Doctors are not allowed to refuse treatment to patients on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation in Florida, but political differences aren’t covered by the ethics regulations. Cassell says he wouldn’t refuse to treat supporters of the new law, but he wants to make his displeasure with it publicly known so that those who disagree can choose to get treated elsewhere.
How has that played in terms of Cassell’s business? His wife, who is running for local office as a Republican, says the doctor has gotten three complaints since posting the sign and publishing criticisms of the bill in his waiting room. The majority of the feedback has been “overwhelmingly supportive,” she claims.
Doctors have the right to free speech, and if critics think that doctors should just shut up and treat people, then they haven’t been to the local family practice lately. Doctors and nurses have been buzzing about this bill with patients (and anyone else who will listen) over their concerns about ObamaCare. They may not have gone as far as Cassell and posted their feelings on the door, but my experiences over the last few months suggest that they’re not much less shy about their skepticism and alarm over the bill.
The Orlando Sentinel has their own interactive poll on this, so be sure to read the article and cast a vote there, but let’s ask a somewhat different poll here: