April 3, 2010 in Nation/World

Doctor posts politics on door

Obama supporters instructed to get care somewhere else
Associated Press
 

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – A central Florida urologist has posted a sign on his office door warning supporters of President Barack Obama to find a different doctor.

The notice on Dr. Jack Cassell’s Mount Dora practice says, “If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.”

Cassell told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday he wasn’t questioning patients or refusing care, because that would be unethical. “But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it,” he said.

Cassell, 56, also provides Republican reading material in the waiting room. Above a stack of GOP health care literature, a sign 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.”

A University of Florida professor said Cassell is walking a thin line between right and wrong. William Allen, a professor in bioethics, law and medical professionalism, said civil rights protections prevent patient discrimination.

Allen said Cassell may be within his rights if he doesn’t quiz patients about their politics and hasn’t refused to see anyone.

“(He’s) trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation,” Allen said. “But this is pushing the limit.”

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