Dr. Jack Cassell Gives Obama Supporters A Choice (UPDATED – VIDEO)

Last time I checked, America had not yet been totally morphed into the United Socialist States Of America (no matter what Obama and the Dems are doing), therefore, some free will and choice still remain.

Doctors pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for training in the medical sciences, and their services are a product which they can charge a fee for.  Dr. Jack Cassell is exercising his free speech, and free will by giving his potential patients the choice that the Democrats refused to give Americans when they mandated health insurance policies with fines and jail time for non-compliance. I am still wondering how they justify using the commerce clause in respect to “lack of commerce”?

Just When You Thought Free Thought, Free Will, and Free Speech Were Dead...

Mount Dora doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere

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 who was 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 preference 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, declined to comment specifically.

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

Just remember kids, Capitalism Builds and Communism Kills.

(H/T BB)

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76 Comments

  • no-nonsence-nancy -

    He probably has as much right to turn away patients who supported Obama as those doctors who refuse to treat medicare patients. That is discriminating against the elderly.

  • I don’t see any reason why he should not, not post that sign. First off he’s not refusing anyone care. secondly, where in the US Constitution does it say he cannot refuse medical care?

    How many stories have we seen where a doctor refused to help a victim they passed on the street because their insurance would not cover it? There are plenty of physicians to deal with Obama Care according to the Congress; why should Dr. Cassell not be allowed to treat those he chooses to treat?

    The reality is, if I choose to purchase health care or food in a restaurant, I’d best not agitate the physician, the chef, or the waiter with my own politics. I’m not likely to be happy with the service and goods I receive. Dr. Cassell is merely warning those who disagree with him to either choose another Urologist or STFU.

    • Michael -

      The sign implies that he will not have you as a patient if you don’t subscribe to his politics. It’s doesn’t matter what his political views are – politicizing any medical practice is unethical.

      What if we changed the first line to “If you are black.” He wouldn’t actually turn black people away, just post an inflammatory sign – that makes it okay, right?

      Yeah, I think not.

    • His actions are in violation of the American Medical Associations Code of Ethics.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please make sure Allen Grayson gets to use a bag whenever he has to go. If Mt Dora wasn’t so far from the Villages, I would be in your office within a week.

  • Susan Simoes -

    I agree that Dr. Cassell is justified in posting the sign and doesn’t have to remove it because of Obama supporters becoming offended. The need for an overhaul of the healthcare does come at the expense of elderly people and an invasion of privacy. Most of all the Constitution mentions nothing on the government forcing the purchase of healthcare.
    The overhauling of healthcare is not the answer. The answer is changing the mentality of patients that a “pill” always fixes everything from stress, not sleeping, depression. The doctors that refuse drugs as a means to cope with issues that require counseling or therapy is where we can start. As long as a loop hole can be found in whatever process of government there is, it will be utilized. How is it that our Congressional leaders can “not” pay their taxes and owe as law biding citizens do but still make decisions that affect Americans? They should be required to be current or removed from their position. If anyone would actually read the bill, they would be opposed immediately. Is it logical to have a 1000 plus pages on reform that require another 1000 plus pages of amendments? If America doesn’t realize how wrong the reform is, it will be my generation that pays for this reform in years to come. Being in the mid to late 30’s, I fear for my future and it looks really bleak with more government forced policies and programs.

    • Government intrusion at the expense of the elderly… you are aware Medicare is a government program?
      The Constitution once counted African Americans as 3/5 a person. I think it’s time you reevaluate your authority on ethics.
      Those “pills” you’re so against– cut emergency room costs. Counseling and therapy is incredible costly. I thought you were worried about healthcare overhaul…?
      Members of Congress do pay taxes. If they don’t, they are penalized– just like every other American.
      The bill is 2,000 pages, because it is a complex bill. Complex bills require details. Details are page consuming… do you see where I’m going with this?
      Your generation was going to be paying for the inferior healthcare system prior to the health care bill anyway. Except now 32 million people don’t have to choose between cancer treatments and bankruptcy.
      If this healthcare bill makes your future look bleak… you probably didn’t have much of a future to begin with.

      • Two words to start with on the congressional tax evaders: CHARLIE RANGEL!

        Jessie – WAKE THE HELL UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

        If you want to live in a socialist country – move to Canada or North Korea.

        Socialism, big government, and this form of healthcare reform are UNSUSTAINABLE. The MATH does not lie.

        One more thing – my family and I are part of the millions required to pay for Obamacare but will not have access AND MY HOUSEHOLD HAS NO INSURANCE. I will also be fined for not being able to purchase insurance.

        WAKE THE FRAK UP!

  • C S Hayes -

    What an ass. Never heard of the Hippocratic Oath, or maybe he’s just trying to kick start his wife’s political career (I hear she’s running for a county commissioner seat).
    Nothing like mixing medicine and politics to “help” your patients, eh, doctor?
    Who is next on your “do not treat” list? People who supported Mitt Romney’s health care plan? Or those who supported the Republican plan as suggested by Bob Dole and Chuck Grassley?
    I think I’ll donate some money to Alan Grayson to make myself feel better!

    • NormaJean -

      Perhaps you’ll think twice when all Floridians have to somehow cough up $1 BILLION dollars to support this unconstitutional healthcare takeover or the ‘feds’ will have to take away medicare $$…..typical Chicago strong arm twisting. So, before you donate to Mr. Grayson’s sinking career, budget some funds for a return of the intangable tax and maybe higher real estate taxes.

      I guess you don’t respect people’s individual rights to express themselves…..or, are you in support of silencing free speech too?

    • RedLemur says:

      Ah, I see a North Korean has dropped a comment. Hey, I know where they have a socialized healthcare program that you will just love. It’s run by a guy named Kim Jong Il. You’ll just love it there. Please hurry, go, right away!!! Meanwhile, us Americans will decide what WE BUY and what WE DON’T! Remember the Constitution?

      • Michael -

        One, we don’t have a national healthcare plan. And two, you are a nutball if you are suggesting that this healthcare plan, which started as a Republican idea, is the beginning of a Marxist state. That’s not just unfounded, it’s patently ridiculous.

        • Smithfield -

          You just hush Michael. We Americans are free to spend our money any way we want, even in lesbian themed night clubs. And if we tell people to send nooses to Washington and load up their guns so that we are ready for…well, you know…, we aren’t spreading hate or suggesting that anyone do anything violent. It’s all about free speech. So shoot baby, shoot!

    • Perhaps the Dr. understands his oath better than you or I. it seems that you presume to have a right to be treated by him. He should have the right to treat whomever he wishes. Dr. Cassel, is afterall, a businessman. Home Depot does not have to serve you, so why should this doctor have to treat you. First, his office is not an emergency room! He would not have to treat you if you can not pay. If he does not accept your current insurance plan, then you would need to find another doctor. Only the ER’s are required to take you regardless of your ability to pay. This is why so many illegals go there and run up my costs! Second, his office his rules. If you don’t care for that concept, move to N Korea, if they will have you.

    • Maybe you can get Grayson to move into your district and he can represent you,as he will be looking for work after his next election.

  • Mount Dora is a beautiful quaint town, full of old Florida charm. I would suspect PC is not a part of most of the towns vocabulary.

    I can only guess that someone will suggest a brain scan for the Dr. How about brain scans for the O voters, are would that be considered the R word.

    • wwp2003 -

      Full of old Florida quaint racism too! What’s next can’t attend church because your pastor doesn’t agree with the way you vote. The good doctor has a right to his opinion but by posting it on the office door he is trying to force that on his patients.

  • I am ecstatic about this. Physicians should unite. They work too hard and go through too much sacrifice for lazy, self-indulgent paqtients who want to sit on their rearends and let Papa Obama take care of them. Perhaps Mr Obama would like to cut the AMA a deal like he did the UAW…then he should do the same for nurses, MA’s , PT, OT, pharmacists, teacher…..

    • Jennifer -

      Judy,
      God, you are ignorant aren’t you? Not all people who want health coverage are lazy, self-indulgent patients who want to sit on their asses. I work for a company that does not provide health coverage and I am denied coverage by insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition.

      • wwp2003 -

        Thank you Jennifer! I was just about to post the same thing. I work for a large local company that does provide health care coverage but you have to pay the entire premium yourself and the deductible is $1500 and that must be met before the insurance company pays anything!!

      • Smithfield -

        Well then Jennifer, you just don’t get sick and you’ll be just fine! See, all’s well that ends well. I mean, people don’t become doctors because they want to help people, they do it because they want to get rich. Why should your pre-existing condition be allowed to interferer with my ability to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year? Otherwise known as the “I got mine, so screw you” policy. Be well.

  • Bill Howerton -

    Dr. Cassel’s response exposes the dirty little secret of Obamacare. The government can dictate all it wants what they are willing to pay doctors, and what insurance companies must accept if they join the exchange.

    But guess what: there’s nothing in the world that says the companies MUST join, nor that doctors MUST accept the paltry amount the government offers.

    Welcome to a free market economy. If they choose to turn down your business (and many if not most will), there’s nothing you can do about it.

    Now THERE’S change you can believe in

  • make harder to rippoff Insurance -

    He’s just mad because he wont make as much money now, been rippin people and Insurance companies off for years, and now it’s going to be harder, May have to step down to a toyota instead of a lexus LOL

    • Derrick -

      The beauty of America is if you don’t like his opinion go to a different Doctor. Really I am sure there is some liberal doctors out there who managed to get through school that would be more than happy to work on you. But, I do believe the constitution protects his right to an opinion and gives him the right to voice it. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t make you right or “it” (the opinion) law. I think in America political correctness is being used to destroy freedom and freedom of speech. At the end of the day you should be more concerned about protecting his right to voice his opinion and to act on his beliefs. If you do not protect those rights then you risk your being free at all.

      • Smithfield -

        I doubt that there are any liberal doctors out there Derrick. Everybody knows how stupid those libs are.

    • Hoorah for Dr Cassell, finally someone with enough backbone to say what many are thinking. If you voted for this loser of a president maybe you should feel some of the fallout and realize not everyone is getting a handout like you. Those that aren’t and are paying don’t have to like it. So get used to it, and by the way when your employer decides not to give you a raise because the healthcare costs are higher, thank Obama. If you lose your job because your employer would rather employ 45 people instead of 50 and have the Gov’t in their business thank Obama. When the doctor says he’ll see you in three months be thankful he hasn’t decided not to see you at all, thank Obama. Get the idea yet. There is no such thing as free lunch. Go Dr Cassell, I’d go out of my way to see you.

  • Waytogodoc -

    I love this guy!! What people don’t understand is that doctors don’t have to accept the insurance or crap that Obama is dishing out. My doctor and numerous others in our county have started discussions on accepting cash paying patients only. If you think its because they want a new Lexus or whatever, you’re stupid. Most doctors come out of school with over a hundred thousand dollars in student loans, have spent 15 or more years of their lives training, and now are expected to NOT get paid for their work. What a bunch of crap. Only welfare dependent, lazy bum democrats would expect anyone to work for free, or to work your butt off and give everything to some lazy, low-life slacker. People are in for a harsh wake-up call if they think doctors are going to accept any of this garbage healthcare plan without a fight. ANYONE BUT OBAMA IN 2012!!

    • wwp2003 -

      That’s right, everyone that disagrees with the right wing have to be labeled as anti-American! Idiot…..I’m just saying!

  • Craig Perry -

    If a doctor is concerned about my political affiliation before he treats my medical needs, I don’t think I need him as a doctor. I will be happy to find a doctor that upholds the oath he swore to uphold, not some cockamamie ideology. It is my hope that doctors such as this one have their license revoked, as he seems to have reneged on his agreement to serve the well -being of the citizenry. Sadly, good riddance to a (once) good doctor.

    • Obviously you are long on ideology and short on business sense. The doctor has every right to see who he wants, it is his constitutional right. Now if you and Obama want to forgive his student loans and pay his overhead maybe you can have some say on how much he should get paid for his services. You and your political affiliation is as important to him as whether you voted for the “Socialist in Chief”. He didn’t say he wouldn’t treat democrats he said he would prefer not to treat those who voted for Obama. Maybe he is trying to stamp out stupidity. If the shoe fits wear it.

      • wwp2003 -

        If he had any “business” sense he would see any patient no matter their political view. Fool! No one is saying he doesn’t have the right to express his opinion, it is just in real poor taste to treat his patients like this. What’s next he will only see certain religions, races, genders…..the list goes on and on. If he feels this strongly about it, join a political group and protest. That is his right too…..his patients shouldn’t have to suffer. He is absolutely disrespecting them and I would certainly leave his practice if I was his patient.

  • REV Wright -

    “Health care bees my right, and you bees my slave, so eyes gosta gets da free health care or youse bees racist and eyes be riotin!” [Too funny……………….USA is now the USSA. Kind of like Harare, Zimbabwe, with Obamie as Mugabe.

    • Smithfield -

      Careful Rev, you know we are trying not to let those stupid libs know how much we hate that a blackie got elected president. We whites will come out on top next time, though.

      • Doncha just love it when the moonbats come by and try to look like conservatives?

        Does anybody want to know the difference? Moonbats actually notice the color of someone’s skin over the content of their character and then make racist comments. Conservatives have manners.

        • Did not comment as I did not want to encourage this but you are right those who protest loudest are usually the guilty party.

  • m massoglia -

    Where can I get a copy of the timeline he gives his patients?

  • “I don’t see any reason why he should not, not post that sign.”

    Because it conflicts with his duties as a physician: some of his patients may not be able to switch doctors, or switching doctors may negatively impact their treatment. They end up being faced with getting treated by a doctor who dislikes them for their political views, and they have to wonder whether their medical care ends up being second rate because of that.

    A doctor has a duty to leave his political convictions out of his medical practice. Making all his patients welcome and comfortable is a medical duty because it is necessary for effective treatment.

    I think someone with attitudes like this shouldn’t be a doctor at all.

    • A doctor has a right to make money to support themselves. Why should a doctor not ‘go over the top’ when the government has gone wild?

  • Congratulations to you doctor…I support you. Too bad the Communist government is destroying our health care system. How many doctors will be leaving??

  • Cheers to the Doctor who has the right and the balls to say what he felt he needed to.. FREE SPEECH! If he would of said that about President Bush no one would of thought twice about it. Dr. Cassell, if your practice was here in Orange City I would make it a point to become your patient.

    Thank you for saying what millions feel.

  • Standup Guy -

    Doctor you are a freek’in moron look forward to to getting everything you deserve as well as from the medical board. You’re an idiot

  • Give this Godly man some praise! Also rate him very high in his online doctor rating. Praise Jesus!

    I for one am glad he hates Obama supporters.

    Editor’s note: It is NOT okay to post address and phone numbers on my site! Trying to out the doctor’s personal information is NOT OKAY and has been removed.

  • Just another dumb republican. He is a disgrace to the profession and by all means breaking the code of ethics. What an idiot. He will probably lose his license and more people such as his staff will be out of work.

  • There is no doubt that this sign is a form of intimidation, intended to create dis-ease for people in favor of insurance reform. It is an abuse of this doctor’s position of authority, as he is in a superior position, as regards to the people who are in need of medical care. No one who is given the privelege to treat patients should be allowed to abuse this privilege.
    Frankly, I think the state should suspend his license for threatening and intimidating behavior. At least, the Florida Medical Board should investigate whether he has demonstrated other acts of patient abuse.

  • It is amazing that people have distorted insurance reform to such an extent. Insurance companies have made tons of money by having doctors provide care, then denying claims for a pre-existing condition, lack of authorization, and timely filing deadlines. What are people thinking? Insurance companies have steadily decreased reimbursementst to doctors, and at the same time increased premiums. I have seen doctors complain about this for years, and retire due to this reason. Many doctors are already cash only due to the steep provider discounts that insurance companies place on payments to doctors. The last time I saw my doctor, I was embarassed at what my insurance company paid him for my services. At the same time, my premium increased by 30%. Where did the difference go? It is in the 45 million dollar bonus that insurance company CEO will get. The only problem with insurance reform is the lack of a public option. I wish President Obama could have gotten this through Congress. With the pubic option, private carriers would have to be competitive. Now, they have free rein! But, I think that “Hope” and “Change” will eventually work. In closing, “Welcome to the state of countries, which do not turn their backs on the sick and poor”….Sarkozy, 2010

  • Turbo Tax Timmie -

    It’s called WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE
    I love it. I wish I could tell that to my clients. 😆

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