Friday, April 2, 2010

Doctor Refuses to Treat Obama Supporters

A Mount Dora, Fla. doctor who opposes the new health care law, has posted a sign on his office door saying patients who are supporters of President Obama should take their business elsewhere.

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama, seek Urologic care elsewhere".

Dr. Jack Cassell tells the Orlando Sentinel, "I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical...But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

The urologist, who keeps Republican materials in the waiting room, said he is not attempting to change his patient population, but wants to educate them.

"The people who voted for Obama are ultimately responsible for this to have happened, and they have to understand that they made a mistake," he told another network.

He told WFTV, "If they're insulted in some way, they can leave." Then added: "I do not deny care to anyone, nor do I treat anyone any differently if they come in and tell me, 'I'm an Obama supporter.'"

That sounds contradictory.

Doctors can't legally discriminate on the basis of a patient's race, gender or religion, but civil rights laws don't explicitly protect political opinions.
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