Orlando-area physician snubs Obama voters

ORLANDO-AREA PHYSICIAN SNUBS OBAMA VOTERS…. First, do no harm, check their voter registration.

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.”

I’m not expert in medical ethics, but a practicing physician encouraging patients in need of care to go elsewhere based on their voting practices seems like anti-Obama hysteria gone horribly awry. Cassell has professional obligations that are supposed to supersede his bizarre Republican ideology.

Cassell claims he doesn’t specifically press patients on their voting behavior, but in addition to the sign on the door, he prints out Republican talking points, and makes them available in his waiting room. He also refers to U.S. leaders as “morons” and urges patients to vote against policymakers Cassell disapproves of. He won’t deny care to patients, but Cassell explicitly tells the public that he doesn’t want to treat patients who support the president.

William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, said Cassell is “pushing the limit” on what’s ethically permitted by a practicing physician.