Doctor tells ObamaCare supporters to find another urologist

posted at 12:55 pm on April 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

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:


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Teachers shouldn’t be doing it either! And because its wrong doesn’t allow for it to be right because someone you like is doing it.

Magnus on April 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Free market principles are wrong? People should be forced into servitude?

Sorry, but I’ll never agree to that. If I’m the last holdout in the world, it will still thwart socialism. For socialism will never work until everyone agrees on it and gives up all hope of bettering one’s self.

ButterflyDragon on April 3, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Teachers shouldn’t be doing it either! And because its wrong doesn’t allow for it to be right because someone you like is doing it.

Magnus on April 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

With teachers, that’s a somewhat different venue than a business including a doctor. But, teachers should not impose their political beliefs on the students. I don’t think they should directly reveal their political beliefs, either, as that may influence the students moreso than some Joe off the street. Ministers dealing with youth, too, I would think.

But, many of us expect teachers to try to instill values and morals in their students. But some of those values and morals might be construed as unacceptable by Liberals, but acceptable by Conservative or vice versa.

Remember that even the friggin Pledge of Allegiance causes Left vs. Right rows.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Notice how some people–even here on Hotair–increasingly want to redefine who gets free speech and in what role.

Dems DO NOT believe in free speech. Political speech is the DEFINITION of protected speech. If you don’t know that, I don’t want you to VOTE! Not PORN! Not burning flags! But political SPEECH (and writing). Those two have been argued as protected AS IF they were equal to speech, but then again porn is made by corporations and business entities, and libs increasingly argue that corporations DO NOT have the same right to speech that individuals do.

Axeman on April 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Man crush!

mankai on April 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Alan Grayson, loudmouth opportunist against the doctor, is about to hit a brick wall in the coming election.

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onlineanalyst on April 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Dems DO NOT believe in free speech. Political speech is the DEFINITION of protected speech. If you don’t know that, I don’t want you to VOTE! Not PORN! Not burning flags! But political SPEECH (and writing). Those two have been argued as protected AS IF they were equal to speech, but then again porn is made by corporations and business entities, and libs increasingly argue that corporations DO NOT have the same right to speech that individuals do.

Axeman on April 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I would never disagree with any doctor who chose to spend free time supporting a candidate against this bill.

What I find repugnant is that this doctor chooses to exercise his “free speech” in support of only those who politically agree with him.

That is honestly against his Hippocratic oath.

My own take is that this would not be a doctor I would trust. I would worry that he disagrees with me politically and might not give me the best of his skills if I happened to be on the “wrong” side of his opinions.

I’d avoid this guy like the plague, whether I agree or disagree with him on this issue. He’s just too opinionated.

I want my doctors to understand their role in my life, which is to offer me healing solutions for whatever ails me.

If they are pseudo-politicians, then they should run for office.

AnninCA on April 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Here are the classic and modern versions of the Hippocratic Oath. If someone’s going to be an idiotic, they should at least be an informed idiot.
That’s what I always say.

Classic Version of the Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art – if they desire to learn it – without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfil this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

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A Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

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The classical version of the Hippocratic Oath is from the translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.

The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath was written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University.

justltl on April 5, 2010 at 11:21 AM

How many small businesses display the sign “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”? The doctor is a small business owner.

He is not even refusing service, he is stating an opinion.

We are expected to bring our ethics, morals, and other characteristics to work, but shed our opinions? Or only if we are doctors? Silly.

I don’t care what my doctor’s opinions are, but if a doctor started a lib rant I wouldn’t go back. This doctor is giving patients who are libs the same choice ahead of time.

jodetoad on April 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM

If healthcare is a right, and I need food to stay healthy, then, by nature, food is a right. The restaurants must feed me to keep me healthy.

/sarcoff

ted c on April 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

You enjoy some of the cheapest food in the world bcs your govt subsidizes the production of it.
Those of us producing your food will probably fall to agribusz corporations, who btw accept govt handouts.
Live happy knowing your cheap food is on the backs of all of us.

Badger40 on April 5, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This isn’t tough. There is any number of reasons why a doctor can fire a patient. The quote specifically said that he wouldn’t refuse treatment, he was just putting people on notice that if you support the health care bill you should probably seek treatment elsewhere.

Doctors are not slaves. They have every right to make a living…that means PROFIT for you liberals…after spending all those years in schooling and swimming in debt for said schooling. I don’t understand demonizing a profession that literally saves lives.

search4truth on April 5, 2010 at 2:18 PM

That is honestly against his Hippocratic oath.
AnninCA on April 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Slammed.

My own take is that this would not be a doctor I would trust. I would worry that he disagrees with me politically and might not give me the best of his skills if I happened to be on the “wrong” side of his opinions.

AnninCA on April 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

And this is exactly how I feel about Democrats & Liberals. Bcs when your opinion does not match theirs, they will do everything & anything to destroy your reputation & your life, just short of killing you.
And isn’t it nice that you are free to choose your physician?
When I patronize establishments run by liberals, as soon as I find out, I never come back.
I do the same with my entertainment dollars.
Again Ann, isn’t it nice that you have a choice?

Badger40 on April 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM

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