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Fla. doctor urges patients who like health care law to go 'elsewhere'

A Florida doctor is telling prospective patients who like President Obama's health-care changes to "seek ... care elsewhere."

Jack Cassell, a urologist in Mount Dora, Fla., posted the sign to his office door, and told the Orlando Sentinel this week, "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 turning anybody away -- that would be unethical," Cassell said. But a professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine says that Cassell's note is "pushing the limit."

The Sentinel's article includes other reaction to Cassell's note. But we'd like to know your reaction to the doctor's prescription.

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It is interesting that people (especially physicians) are making the same comments that people made in the 1960's when Medicare was enacted. Medicare opponents predicted gloom & doom for the health care industry. Many physicians threatened to close their offices, since they would no longer be able to make a living. Many predicted that all the Insurance companies would go out of business.

Of course, none of these things happened. Medicare has probably been the greatest boon to Doctors in the history of medicine.

By the way, one clarification about Health Care Reform: it is not "socialized medicine". People who are calling it socialized medicine clearly do not what the term means. In socialized medicine, the physicians are employees of the Government, and the Government owns the hospitals and clinics. There is nothing in this bill that looks anything like socialized medicine.

Americans should be very skeptical of the health care reform opponents who make such blatant attempts to mislead. This bill does not even contain a "public option", so all the comments about the Government going into competition with the Insurance companies are completely irrelevant.

Posted by: altheimer | April 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right for doctors too. If an Obamacare supporter doesn't like the notice, then he or she are free to go to another doctor. This is a doctor in private, non-emergency practice who should have the right to choose patients as well decline providing any service he feels is unethical (abortion). I will agree that he should have used verbiage such as "Obamacare declined here".

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Posted by: itkonlyyouaa | April 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I applaud you DR. and I hope that there are more DR's like you who are willing to stand up for their values.

You remind me of Joey Vento of Geno's Steaks in Philly. He posted a sign that said to "speak english please" and that they served people who do so. He never refused anyone who didn't speak English, but he, being a Patriot was making a statement. City Hall tried to fight him, and they lost, because he had the 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech. There should be more like you.

"We the People" have been a target of the left who have been trying to minimalize us by falsly charging us with trying to incite violence and and practicing racism.

I am not a member of the Tea Party, however I marched with them the Saturday before the Congress shoved the health care monstrosity of a bill down out throats!!!

We haven't forgotten, nor will we do so!!!

WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

Posted by: barrysal | April 5, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I am a sole-proprietor and have always paid 100% of my employees group health premiums. None of the policies ever have had a "pre-existing" clause, no medical examines necessary for each covered employee and myself and my dependents. Do you have Individual Coverage? Also, you might try increasing your deductible and deleting office visits, which are generally less than $100.00, get coverage for lab,xray,inpatient and surgical care. May help.
If you are employed, why does you company not provide a group plan eventhough you may be obligated to pay a portion or all of you premium, the premium should be lower and there should be no prexisting clause as it is group health coverage.

hope this might help


Talk to me when you pay out of your pocket 23.8K for healthcare in one year on a 90K a year wage. Have a pre-existing condition and will loose healthcare if the money stops coming in. Please cry me a river. Buck up and be a Doctor your BMW is still going to start.

Posted by: squalicum | April 4, 2010 6:48 PM

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 4, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Talk to me when you pay out of your pocket 23.8K for healthcare in one year on a 90K a year wage. Have a pre-existing condition and will loose healthcare if the money stops coming in. Please cry me a river. Buck up and be a Doctor your BMW is still going to start.

Posted by: squalicum | April 4, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

You can lead a horse to water,but you can't make him drink obamaaide.
One of you socialist did get it correct,albeit by accident,maybe he should just retire.
I am and I'm not a MD, just done with supporting fools.Socialism works until you run out of other people's money.

Posted by: CSAEarly | April 4, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Socialism works until you run out of other people's money.The Chinese will likely say NO very soon,and the "Gimmee" Generation will be over,kaput,dead,finished.Why is this so hard for liberal-socialist-democrats to understand? Maybe because they live in a fantasy world where they have "rights" to what others own? Reality is coming soon,and the wailing and gnashing of teeth from these leeches will only get louder as they succumb to their own incompetence.

Posted by: CSAEarly | April 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

posted by kogejoe

Oh? Let's look at the reverse: Since doctors go school for 20 years or so, they have the privilege of charging whatever price they want?

And, furthermore, since they went to school for 20 year, they can decide to give people of their political preference breaks?
-------------------------------------------

To your first point, yes they can charge whatever fee they want. However, if they participate in Medicare and Medicaid Programs they will be stuck with accepting up to 50% less than Private Insurers pay and can only bill the patient for the remaining 20% Medicare and Medicaid approved(as medicare only pays 80% of the approved charges.}

To your second point. This is just a stupid comment as there is nothing to lead anyone to believe he charges obama supports differently than non-supports!.

If all healthcare providers were to rely only on income earned by treating Medicare and Medicaid Patients they would go bankrupt as they would be unable to cover operating expenses, not to mention a "living".

There will be a huge number of Doctors who opt out of the Federal Programs due to new regulatory rules, bothersome audits of the patients health records, which they must provide to the auditor regardless of whether the patient consents to releasing their record, "cook-book" directives on how to treat diseases medically and surgically.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 4, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah because doctors should go through close to 20 years of school, medical school and residencies so they can be slaves to 80iq pond scum like you."

Oh? Let's look at the reverse: Since doctors go school for 20 years or so, they have the privilege of charging whatever price they want?

And, furthermore, since they went to school for 20 year, they can decide to give people of their political preference breaks?

So what if this doctor that went to school for 20 years chared an Obama supporter a million dollars for a prostate removal, but he charged a person who voted for his wife zero?

Right.

Posted by: kogejoe | April 3, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"I will respect the privacy of my patients (like their political views????)

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings (not just certain voters), those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm."

A new line should be added onto this: "I will not use my practice as a political tool for my wife."

Posted by: kogejoe | April 3, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

i salute the Doc.
standing up for your belive's, and he stated he will not refuse any one.

we have some billboards here in GA for rent

2010/2012

Posted by: dns7414 | April 3, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

i salute the Doc.
standing up for your belive's, and he stated he will not refuse any one.

we have some bill board here in GA for rent

2010/2012

Posted by: dns7414 | April 3, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

If doctors are going to behave this way, and so many people support this behavior, maybe there should be an opt-out clause in the new health care law. Those who want to continue with the status quo can. Those who want the sort of comprehensive, universal health care offered in all the other industrialized nations can stay in, and we'll call it the "Public Option."

Posted by: jookyg | April 3, 2010 6:08 PM
=========================
You can go down to the free clinic and wait 4 hours to see an overworked, undereducated doctor imported from some other country.

That is the future of your lovely "socialized medicine" in a few years tool shed.

Posted by: Cryos | April 3, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This doctor should be ashamed of himself. As a doctor, his/her first priority should be taking care of patients and not their pocketbooks. Specialists in this country get paid way too much anyway.

Posted by: verycreative | April 2, 2010 10:52 PM
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Yeah because doctors should go through close to 20 years of school, medical school and residencies so they can be slaves to 80iq pond scum like you.

We'll see a lot more doctors doing this. Sorry libs you can't make slaves out of people and expect them to treat you well. They will treat you like the ghetto pond scum you are.

Posted by: Cryos | April 3, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

If doctors are going to behave this way, and so many people support this behavior, maybe there should be an opt-out clause in the new health care law. Those who want to continue with the status quo can. Those who want the sort of comprehensive, universal health care offered in all the other industrialized nations can stay in, and we'll call it the "Public Option."

Posted by: jookyg | April 3, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This guy chose the wrong profession. He should be a proctologist. That would suit his particular personality better. It sounds like he would have a booming business in his particular community, too.

People can argue the politics and ethics of this guy until the end of time and never agree. I just see him as personality challenged -- the south end of a northbound mule. I would avoid him like the plague if I needed to see a urologist.

I know nothing about the political ideology of the particular urologist I go to. We've never shared those beliefs with each other, as it would be unprofessional for him to bring it up and inappropriate for me. I go to him to discuss urological dysfunctions, which is what we are supposed to do.

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Posted by: itkonlyyouaa | April 3, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

There's nothing unethical about hanging a sign in your window. The doctor in question is NOT turning patients away. He is still upholding the ethics of his profession as long as he treats all who seek aid.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | April 3, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps you should find out more than just reading a report here. The Doctor was on TV being interviewed today and said he doesn't turn away anybody and has many Obama supporters already which he treats. He is not happy with the new law and has info which he has around his office. He said he and his patients have lively political debates. If new patients heed his sign then that is their business to.
Since when do new patients need to be taken by a doctor? If you all feel the need for him to see anyone who shows up in his office then are you all screaming at the Mayo Clinic for refusing to take on any new medicare patients because the govt. doesn't pay their fair share? The man said it would be unethical to refuse, he admits that and he wouldn't, but his anger led to the sign so perhaps you might ask him why rather than ridicule or demean him. A lot more doctors will be changing their habits once this law goes into full effect.

Posted by: justmyvoice | April 3, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Medicine and politics should not be mixed. I do not ask anyone's political affiliation before I pay for services. I do not ask anyone's political affiliation when I do anything. It is none of my business. Unfortunately Dr. Cassell appears to have made politcal affiliation a criteria for who he wants to treat as patients. Let's hope teh licensing board has a few questions for this man. Maybe he wants to retire early.

Posted by: Thinking4 | April 3, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

In response to" Me thinks there are better reasons not to visit our friend Dr. Cassell..."

Nice try, as I suspected all of those ratings were made on 4/2. Most doctors have few if any ratings and this is why I suspected "foul-play".

go to this website to view the actual comments by "supposed patients"

http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/962290/FL/Mount-Dora/Cassell


Another effort by the radical liberals to to spread lies and bad-mouth those that disagree with their agenda.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 3, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Methinks there are better reasons not to visit our friend Dr. Cassell...

http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-jack-cassell-md-4c4e7b12

By the sound of things, he's having trouble getting patients to begin with. Any publicity is good publicity, he must think. Pretty soon I expect he'll be offering the Conservative Victory Vasectomy special.

Posted by: lectricbass | April 2, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

the REAL response of physicains

to failed socialist obamacare

will be signs on the door to their office

CLOSED

obmacare--malevolent socialism

Posted by: praetorian-guard | April 2, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

The Media doesn't like to report the Doctor's wife is running for Office on the Republican Ticket. The Doctor is doing his best to get her votes by attacking Obama and the Health Care Plan. Don't worry this doctor knows he will do well as now people can get Health Care and he is looking forward to getting more clients. As for the oath he took to help the sick will he's following the Republican Christian Values we're seen done by the GOP, Teabaggers and KKK. Be careful what you wish for God might have other plans.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | April 2, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I would love to hear this discussed at the Florida State Board of Examiners. There is no telling what this Deep South body will decide. We should hear from the Board of Urology and the American College of Urology. Let us also hear from the AMA; this doctor may not be far from the mainstream of his urological peers. let us remember that the AMA excluded membership of some doctors based on their ethnicity. Until the sixties a black physician could not be a member of many State organizations and if you were not a member of a State organization you could not be an AMA member. This idiot's hatred of our President is based on Mr Obama's ethnicity until proven otherwise.

Posted by: Draesop | April 2, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

This doctor should be ashamed of himself. As a doctor, his/her first priority should be taking care of patients and not their pocketbooks. Specialists in this country get paid way too much anyway.

Posted by: verycreative | April 2, 2010 10:52 PM

What fantasy world do you live in? It is extremely expensive to equip and staff a Medical practice. Not to mention rent, electric and other monthly expenses. How are doctors suppose to pay for these expenses? Are you saying they should not earn a profit? Many providers and hospitals see patients at no charge, at their expense. How many Accountants or Lawyers provide services for free?
Medicine is a business. It must be managed like any other business. Doctors are not employees of the Federal Government.
Sorry, that is just the way it is.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 2, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

My original post:
"It is not unethical. I hope more Physicians follow suit. There is no law that requires them to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients"

That's not who he's refusing to treat. He's happy to take the federal dollars for treating patients.

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 6:11 PM

How do you know how many of the patients are covered under Medicare and Medicaid? you don't. As a Health Information Administrator with over 30 years of experience I can tell you that no Provider or Hospital is in opposition to any of the provisions in the Healthcare Bill that relate to Insurance Regulation, Mandates and there previous exemption from the Anti-trust laws. What is objected to is the creation of more Federal programs, RAC audits that are conducted by outside government approved auditors, payment that does not come near compensating the doctor for his time, professional services and overhead and now more costly regulations to comply with. Medicare and Medicaid are the problem.
I encourage all providers to opt-out of these programs, as the federal government does not set the fees charged by any other Professional. Including lawyers who totally own the Democrats. It is not worth the time, effort and exposure to costly audits, unfounded lawsuits and the current hasstles to get paid on Medicare and Medicaid Claims. A plumber is paid more for a service call than a doctor billing for an office visit.

I wish people would make intelligent comments. Comments that are helpful and provide information that others may not be aware of.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 2, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Unprofessional pee taster.

Posted by: veerle1 | April 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I live in Florida. Most doctors here don't see patients, they SEE profit centers. Dr.Cassell may be afraid that he might have to see a patient. Obviously, that's not why he when to med school.

Posted by: ricklein | April 2, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

This doctor should be ashamed of himself. As a doctor, his/her first priority should be taking care of patients and not their pocketbooks. Specialists in this country get paid way too much anyway.

Posted by: verycreative | April 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

this dude went to medical school in Grenada...Grenada!....hahahahaha


POS second rate quack....

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 2, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Someone said below “when enough doctors stop practicing medicine…” Do you people know anything besides scare tactics? Many doctors either stopped practicing medicine long time ago and others never really started. There is only a handful of physicians that know what they are talking about. And no it’s not because they are afraid of being sued, but rather they are just plain clueless. It seems that a good majority of them become doctors just for the title or for the money which they make plenty of it. A 5 minute “consultation” with a primary care doctor cost over $100 and you get nothing out of it. A specialist, which this one supposedly is, costs even more.

This individual, which I would not call doctor should have his license revoked. Clearly he should not have received one in the first place.

Lastly, until you or someone dear to you gets messed up by one of these “doctors” and you’re willing to forget and forgive, stop talking about tort reform.

Posted by: ship23 | April 2, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

You know he went in it for the money. Poor baby might have to try living off $200K/year instead of the previous $400K/year prior to reform!

Posted by: magnifco1000 | April 2, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope that there are more stories like this, because if you give the right wing nuts enough rope they will hang themselves.

Posted by: rkerg | April 2, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

At least people will know he,s a nutcase and who in their right mind would want to see an insane doc? for sureee not I.

Posted by: smorrow | April 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

There is one little important fact all you slammers seem to be forgetting, the health care that passed will affect his job so he is speaking out politically at the right time, as far as him being wealthy, go check his overhead and then call him rich, these doctors do not make the money you people seem to think they make but you wouldn't know that though because you don't bother to educate yourselves any further then your selfish little minds.

Posted by: ForMcCain | April 2, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

My, your urologist made your urethra my problem. Five times fast.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 2, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Some People goto Medical, Dental and Optometry school for better reasons than others.

Posted by: Emmetrope | April 2, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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 [that] 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.

The doctor is a hypocrite and a fool to bring politics into medicine.

Posted by: seemstome | April 2, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"

Heck, I am recommending my friends to go see him. There is nothing wrong with telling people that do not support his beliefs to piss off. I hope more of the conservatives to take a stand. This is His office, His business, His choice. At least for now he is free. It is not like he is running an emergency room. This is a private practice. Get off his back, or you are just going to piss off more conservatives. Or, even better, make a big scene, take away his right, and really add to your agenda.

Posted by: gjconely"

Nice use of irony in the repetition of the term "piss off." What would you have said if he were a proctologist?

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"

I'm a first responder, should I not help a person because the car they've wrapped around a tree has a GOP bumper sticker?

Posted by: Nymous"

Letting Republicans die is your First Amendment right. And, if you ask the Florida urologist, you can also pee on them.

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I am recommending my friends to go see him. There is nothing wrong with telling people that do not support his beliefs to piss off. I hope more of the conservatives to take a stand. This is His office, His business, His choice. At least for now he is free. It is not like he is running an emergency room. This is a private practice. Get off his back, or you are just going to piss off more conservatives. Or, even better, make a big scene, take away his right, and really add to your agenda.

Posted by: gjconely | April 2, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"And the 'Deranged Left' gets a death camp story.

Posted by: RayOne"

A Urologist is hardly a "death camp story." Trouble peeing, yes. Death? Unlikely.

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This doctor has a rating of "poor" by his own patients.
He also has extremely poor judgment, and was flatly dishonest about not turning away patients - that is exactly what his sign did.

Another embarrassment for Florida, I'm afraid.

What an idiot.

Posted by: jgwlaw | April 2, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The media is reporting this falsely, no patients were refused service. He will get publicity.
And the 'Deranged Left' gets a death camp story.

Posted by: RayOne | April 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This needs to be looked at through several different angles.

1.) First and foremost, the constitution guarantees him freedom of speech. Nothing can take that away.

2.) He is not turning any patients away, and he is not directly asking patients what their political beliefs are.

3.) He posted the sign at his private practice. As long as it's legal, he can do whatever he wants and the government cannot keep him from doing that.

Having said that, I also feel that the wording on the sign is extremely misleading, and will give patients the idea that they are not welcome. That, in itself, is unethical.

There are appropriate forums where he could be discussing the health care law. He could join a tea party activist group, he could organize ad campaigns, and so on. Placing a sign such as that at your practice is simply just fanning the flames that have hopelessly plunged this country into one of the biggest divides since the Civil War.

But a medical practice is not a place where people go to discuss politics. Also, it will give both new and existing patients the feeling that they will get less than adequate care from him if their point of view does not match his, even if he has no way of knowing what their views are.

You never want to mix business with politics, and by doing so, I do believe that he is acting unethically, but he is not acting against the law and I will defend his right to say express his point of view, no matter how much I disagree with him.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | April 2, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm a first responder, should I not help a person because the car they've wrapped around a tree has a GOP bumper sticker?

Posted by: Nymous | April 2, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

So, the Urologist is basically telling his patients to piss off.

Posted by: ralphiboy | April 2, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

So what the good doctor is saying is that the right to one's own political opinion and beliefs is not one he supports. Nice to know. And just how does political discussion come about when a man is having his, well, you know, examined?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | April 2, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Free medical education, no debt on leaving school, fair wages - hmm, been tried elsewhere and it works!

Current US model - accumulate 6-figure debt going to school, grind through an grueling and grossly abusive residency system, and we're surprised they come out arrogant (plural word I can't say here)?

Nasty job, huge responsibility, but the entire profession needs to get over it's god-complex. Are doctors any less critical for our future than teachers? Should teachers be any less well educated or less rewarded than doctors?

Oh wait! If a teacher went off like this, (s)he'd be lampooned as a prima dona and fired. This bozo's patients SHOULD fire him.

Posted by: fr3dmars | April 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Some people are so confused. I go to a doctor for medical issues, not political or religious counseling.
If my doctor got in my face with that kind of stuff, he would be needing a doctor, because I would smack him upside his head a few times. LOL.

Posted by: rkerg | April 2, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Slip and Fall - Call us y'all.

The scummy ambulance chasers in Florida and elsewhere have ruined the practice of medicine as we know it. Obamacare does nothing to address this issue at all.

Apparently trial lawyers and unions still have enormous clout with Congress and the White House.

Posted by: alance | April 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. . .

Posted by: vscribe | April 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Boycott MSNBC. Fast forward through all the commercials of MSNBC and entirely boycott their inflammatory left wing propaganda news programs.


Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This man has an ethical and moral duty to serve anyone in need. His license should be revoked if he fails to do anything less.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 2, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Why anyone would want a physician with such an obvious lack of humanity and compassion for the people he is supposed to be there to help, is beyond me.

Whether I was a supporter of the new health care plan or not, I'd walk away.

Posted by: Zarina1 | April 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This should cure one thing:
any lingering doubt that any intelligent being is a conservative

Posted by: djah | April 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"How many wheel barrows of Nazi era german franks does it take to buy a perscription of zanax ? "

Unless they were really well frozen, they're probably inedible.

Did you mean Marks, perhaps? Or French Francs?

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"It is not unethical. I hope more Physicians follow suit. There is no law that requires them to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients"

That's not who he's refusing to treat. He's happy to take the federal dollars for treating patients.

Posted by: thrh | April 2, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@billbrann: "Maybe his ethics stop when his servitude is demanded. One mans ethics is anothers gulag. Good for him. We still have freedom of speech, which he is exercising."


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You are absolutely correct. He is exercising his right to freedom of speech. But what you and some other (apparently) right-leaning people don't seem to understand is that he does not have any right to have a publicly expressed opinion to be free from criticism.

Criticizing his opinion is simply those of us who disagree with him exercising our right to freedom of speech.

Also, notice how I was able to exercise my freedom of speech and offer an opposing opinion without any name-calling at all. Amazing!

Posted by: kpharmer | April 2, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Boycott FAUX news. Nationwide boycott fox news day is....everyday. Fast forward through all the commercials of Fox programs and entirely boycott their inflamatory right wing propaganda news programs.

Posted by: liveride | April 2, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

It is not unethical. I hope more Physicians follow suit. There is no law that requires them to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients if they believe they are not being compensated fairly. The new RAC laws attack well meaning doctors, putting many into financial ruin including Bankruptcy.
I believe more doctors will decide not to be part of the Medicare and Medicaid program as the problems participating in the Programs outweight the financial benefits.

Posted by: fedupwithgovernment | April 2, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This dude is a urologist in Florida who runs a private practice. My guess is that not only is he overwhelmed with incontinent patients, but he can also choose which patients he sees based on the level of their insurance company's reimbursement. This happens a lot.

This guy is the poster child for greed in medicine and he's protecting his livelihood.

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | April 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad Michelle w/ her "HUGE FOLLOWING" is doing something about fat kids.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Drs. are probably the most deeply educated members of our society. They represent the virtual cream of our intellectual crop. If we were serious about curtailing medical costs we would have tort reform. Her in Florida the ambulance chasing scumbats @ransr01 "(Members of the ABA) have driven the cost of medical insurance to the moon. That's why all the testing etc. Drs. live in fear that some idiot will sue them because they didn't test enough to find something they could whine about. We have too many damn lawyers in this country and they are entirely too poorly regulated. As an engineer with an MSEE few people on the planet hold my respect the way the medical profession does."

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Prove it. Provide links to objective sources that provide detailed information on health insurance rates in Florida and the percentage attributable to malpractice law suits.

Could it be that health insurance rates in Florida are high because of an unusually large percentage of elderly people in the population there?

Or will you just stick to your assertion like a fly on crap because you refuse to acknowledge you just made this up?

Posted by: kpharmer | April 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The physicians should just stop accepting new patients altogether. Cash only. No insurance. That'll cool obamacare.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

He must like working for the insurance companies. May he go broke before he goes farther to hell.

Posted by: gwcox2 | April 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news as if the actions of 1 person means anything?
This is like saying a Canadian came to US for their health care needs. But that means that 99.99% of Canadians do not come to US for their health care need and instead love their Universal nationalized health care. Same goes for Canadian Doctors too. That is 0.001% of Doctors in Canada might wish for US style for profit health care, but 99%+ like their Government controlled and supported Universal nationalized health care.

Much more in this regard here:
www.anoox.com/myblog/uhc

Posted by: RealNews1 | April 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

How many wheel barrows of Nazi era german franks does it take to buy a perscription of zanax ?

We're going to find out !

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I always give the girls at the front desk a $20 bill so I don't have to sit waiting with all the swill. They love me !

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Signs are already up at medical facilities that they won't take Medicaid. The Doctor has a right to refuse service. Why work for 10 cents on the usual and customary fee dollar and lose money, when private pay insurance will pay 70-80 cents of the usual and customary fee dollar.

Just like when Carter tried to regulate the price of gas, The King Obonehead-Care Plan will provide for doctor shortages.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | April 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

So now the hypocratic oath starts:First-do no Presidential supporters of certain bills?-instead of the do no harm part?????

Posted by: kml | April 2, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

LOL

For every fake, in-it-for-the-money doctor we find, there will be two who adhere to their oath.

But that's his choice. The people neither need nor want such quacks.

Posted by: captainkona | April 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I think he should increase his fees ! This guy is a genius. I would gladly pay more to have a doctor this smart !

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

He just wants to get rid of the check kiting riff raff, stinking up his waiting room...

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

He's obviously a good enough doctor to tell a portion of the population to go fly a kite, I don't need your business ! In fact all business have a segment of their clientelle that cause all the problems. Paretos principle. 20% of the people cause 80% of the headaches. His operation will probably become more streamlined...culling the winers.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I think the good doctor should be told that if he doesn't like President Obama's health-care changes to "practice medicine elsewhere."

It's the law doc. Maybe Peru could use a good doctor such as yourself.

Posted by: rcubedkc | April 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Health care is not a right. It might be provided out of charity...good will or you might purchase it.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

PROFITS CREATE COMPETITION ! COMPETITION INCREASES SUPPLY.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's a free country, and this guy is welcome to be a submoron, just like Glenn Beck and the rest of the loony fringe.

Personally, I could never imagine myself seeing a doctor who displayed such a profound lack of professionalism.

Posted by: jeffwacker | April 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd never see a Jewish doctor anyway! Ah, one day we'll round 'em all up again and then we'll see who's really Republican and who isn't. Fools! Sow the seeds of your own destruction with your hatred. Once the slope starts to slip, there'll be no turning back. Spoiled rotten adults - who'd have ever imagined this level of immature stupidity!

Posted by: kenalexruss | April 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Does that mean his employees must all be Republicans? mmmmm...perhaps if you like the color red and eat broccoli you're denied also? Wow, I didn't know the Hippocratic oath stood for hypocrite.

Posted by: fortheartz | April 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The insurance companies don't have to sell policies. Period. The doctors don't have to sign network agreements. Fewer carriers, fewer physicians. Less HEALTH CARE for all. Simple math. Obama didn't just mint 10,000 more docs and put up 200 new hospitals. We have the same resource now as we did...spread more thin. Logic fails the left.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

If he is serious, then his career isn't based on helping others, it's based on helping himself. Got Publicity?

Posted by: valerie14 | April 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse


Funny. Given the good doctor's behavior towards people who don't share his views, one would think that he was a proctologist, rather than a urologist.

Posted by: queenofromania | April 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

What got left out of obamacare, is outlawing private pay. Just like a local bar, the doctors will put a sign out front..."we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". Private pay or nothing. Most good doctors are already migrating to this. They're not in any network. They don't accept insurance, medicate or anything. Cash and carry. This will EXPLODE. Yes, we all will have insurance...with shrinking pools of doctors...making your "paper insurance card" worthless. Reality street ! Welcome to it demoncrats !

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

This guy is running his own business and is free to choose his own patients. Oh wait---he is now part of the Government. He no longer has that freedom.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | April 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I would happily use this doctor. And just write a check for his services. Pay it myself. Maybe gold coin. No subsidies. No copays. No reimbursements, or schedules. Just a fair fee for a quality service. I think this is where this doctors head is at.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

So is this also considered as a tacit approval to remove him from all of our health networks of doctors. We'll see how well he does with solely private payment.

Posted by: SpecTP | April 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Republican politicians who are opposed now will be thanking the Dems in a few years for creating a new fund that can be spent on nuking Iran.

After all, if you destroy the dollar through deficit spending, the only way to maintain its status as the world's reserve currency is to force other countries to accept it. Iran has already refused, so I guess we start with them.

Posted by: MrTracker | April 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe his ethics stop when his servitude is demanded. One mans ethics is anothers gulag. Good for him. We still have freedom of speech, which he is exercising.

Posted by: billbrann | April 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow--good thing he doesn't work in the emergency room, searching out those who voted for Obama and leaving them to die accordingly.

What a nutjob. But then, so are most conservatives. Yawn.

Posted by: SaffronLove | April 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

JC505 WELL SAID, I CANNOT ADD ANYTHING

Posted by: dv1236 | April 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


If he specialized in any other portion of the human body, I'd be surprised at his mixing politics with his work.

But obviously he encounters the same body part whether at his GOP rallies or in office examinations, so I can see how he might confuse the two.

Why anyone - Republicon or Democrat - would feel safe bending over and coughing for this self-avowed nut, I can't imagine.

Posted by: JC505 | April 2, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"This law need to be vetoed as soon as the Republicans regain power in November. Listen to Glen Beck and Shawn Hannity and wake up people!!!

Posted by: SavedGirl"

Wow, this made me laugh out loud. Savedgirl apparenltly was saved from taking a basic civics course (probably homeschooled).

1) Only the President holds the veto power, and since there is not a presidential election in November 2010, republicans cannot "regain power."

2) Even if republicans took back both the house and congress, and were able to repeal the HCR law, President Obama would likely veto it. I sincerely doubt that republicans could get enough votes for the 2/3 majority to override that veto.

3) I despise Beck, but even I know he spells his first name with two Ns.

As for this Florida doctor, apparently he's not much for the Hippocratic oath. Certainly he has the right to freedom of speech, but what a petty and downright tacky way to treat patients.

Posted by: jvlem | April 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of like people who drive with their hazard lights on. Thank for letting us know you are an idiot and we can avoid you.

Posted by: crete | April 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Pull his license. Who knows what he might do to somebody he thought voted for Obama's healthcare reform.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | April 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone use a doctor with such poor judgement. If he can not seperate his personal beliefs from what his obligations are as a physician then he is not qualified to be a physician. We all know that a mega ego is common amongst some doctors, but frankly society does not have to put up with attitude. You are not great healer, maker of miracles, you are just a person trying to use a great deal of training, and hopefully skill, to help people. If you are not doing this then you are nothing more then a comic book villian using your powers for evil, not good.

Posted by: michael38 | April 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

newagent99- how long does it take to get a master plumber's license? I'm guessing doctors are about 10,000 hours, after eight years of very hard classes and homework plus residency- but I don't really know.

Posted by: writetotower | April 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not turning anybody away -- that would be unethical," Cassell said.

So he's stating an opinion and the Leftists howl for his head. Off to the re-education camps with him!

Posted by: NeverLeft | April 2, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"FIRST, DO NO HARM."

What good is health care reform in a nation where a secret Homeland-directed federal-local "program" uses a nationwide high-tech weapon system -- hiding in plain sight -- to silently impair, torture and subjugate extrajudicially "targeted" citizens?

HOMELAND-RUN CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM ATTACKS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS, 'SLOW-KILLS' TARGETED AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Why so many cell towers saturate the American landscape -- urban and rural.

• Weapon system patents reveal silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

• American human rights atrocities, ideological purge, under the cover of national security.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (click on "More Reporting" section)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

• Reporter exposing gov't cell tower microwave torture held hostage to community stalking, police-protected, GPS-equipped vigilante squads that burglarize, vandalize, sabotage finances, and terrorize -- officially-enabled lawlessness that afflicts many thousands of other unconstitutionally targeted and persecuted Americans.

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER: "CENTCOM OF A MID-ATLANTIC STATES AMERICAN GESTAPO."

Where is the DOJ / Civil Rights Division investigation?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

More and more people will continue to loose there health care under Obama. This law need to be vetoed as soon as the Republicans regain power in November. Listen to Glen Beck and Shawn Hannity and wake up people!!!

Posted by: SavedGirl | April 2, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

If you really want to tic doctors off , just remind them that mechanics has more education than they do.
Heck, it takes longer to become a licensed plumber than it takes to be licensed docotr

Posted by: newagent99 | April 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

He probably contributes to Xtian hate groups. Audit him

Posted by: newagent99 | April 2, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The real beauty of America's democratic society is that the doctor or others have the freedom to exercise their beliefs - but they can NOT be a racist like the doctor or advocate violence like so many right wing fringe Republicans try to get away with while the GOP leadership lamely looks the other way like a very sick child.

That's where good Americans draw the line and hold you personally accountable by either NOT using the doctor's services until maybe his mortgage is foreclosed on.

Then maybe we all can learn to get along and NOT go through life seeing how many people you can trample for your own selfish enrichment.

Posted by: danglingwrangler | April 2, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@farmsnorton wrote:
"Doctors are stopping their practice in Massachusetts because of Obamacare. This is just the beginning of doctors no longer practicing."
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Nice attempted FUD. Massachusetts currently *has* mandated healthcare thanks to Mitt Romney. One of the problems in getting the votes to pass this was that this bill would actually make Mass insurance less strict than it is now. So if anyone is forcing those doctors out, it's Mitt Romney.

Posted by: rpixley220 | April 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between God and a doctor?

God doesn't think he is a doctor.

Posted by: hithere2 | April 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ethical or not, I'd rather not be treated by someone who displays the emotional maturity of a three year old.

Posted by: miker2133 | April 2, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I would guess it's more ethical than in-womb infanticde, that the President supports. One would also think that good Obama voters would want physcians approved by say, moveon.org, who have done so much for medicine, pharmaceuticals and the like. I'm reminded of the phrase, "one can lead a horse to water, but can't make her drink" I'm guessing that this Doctor might be looking for different waters soon.

Posted by: sdjd2222 | April 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This urologist needs a proctologist to help him get his head out of his gaping bunghole. What an immature little turd. Probabably a card-carrying member of the Lake County Teabaggers Association.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

this urologist has been drinking urine on the job

Posted by: malachhamovess | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Democrats, how's that new haelthcare law working out for ya so far?

Posted by: jhayne5
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Better than the home schooling in English grammar you received.

Posted by: LABC | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Doctors are stopping their practice in Massachusetts because of Obamacare."

Sure they are. But I think you mean Romneycare.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

PBC had a wonderful program on it was not dem vs repb it was a patient advocate and a law prof...it was detailed and to tell the truth they both quoted what page to look up and what it really means to we the people...hate to tell ya we been screwed...

Posted by: Immanurse | April 2, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

ransr01 | April 2, 2010 3:15 PM
“Drs. are probably the most deeply educated members of our society. They represent the virtual cream of our intellectual crop. If we were serious about curtailing medical costs we would have tort reform. Her in Florida the ambulance chasing scumbats (Members of the ABA) have driven the cost of medical insurance to the moon. That's why all the testing etc. Drs. live in fear that some idiot will sue them because they didn't test enough to find something they could whine about. We have too many damn lawyers in this country and they are entirely too poorly regulated. As an engineer with an MSEE few people on the planet hold my respect the way the medical profession does.”

32 states have enacted some form of tort reform and not one of them can point to any significant reduction in health care costs.

Doctors perform more test than necessary because they are paid by the procedures they perform. Doctors are the cause there is waste, fraud and abuse in the HC delivery system.

But we have to look at the AMA for the situation we find HC. The AMA has a choke-hold on med schools restricting the number of applicants thus the number of doctors. The U.S. should start building 5 new medical schools each year for the next 10 years to fill the pipeline needed to replace aging boomer doctors or start recruiting doctors from India and China.

Posted by: The-Historian | April 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Dims and other nitwits have no problem when Barry hosts a bunch of white-coated doctors up there on the stage with him while pimping for Obamacare though, hmm?

The good doctor is free to express his political opinion as openly and as often as he chooses. It is his medical practice, not yours. Good for him.

Posted by: screwjob11 | April 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of places to get urology treatment in FL. If he wants to curb his bottom line because he's emotional as it relates to his business decisions so be it.

Posted by: fortheclueless | April 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Cassell seems one of those medicators (not identical with healers) who helped the U.S. achieve the ranking of 37th in health care. The business of medical care in the U.S. was sorely in need of change.

Ranking 37th — Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System

NEJM • January 6th, 2010 • Printer-friendly

Christopher J.L. Murray, M.D., D.Phil., and Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

http://healthcarereform.nejm.org/?p=2610

Posted by: TeresaBinstock | April 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

fersmom at 2:55 PM April 02, 2010 Olando Sentinel

“Thank heavens someone has the guts to stand up for this appaling, horrible bill….. I'll look at Australia, mabye the only truly conservative country left.”

Let’s see, $940 Billion over 10 years is 4 ½ years in Iraq.

$94 Billion for 1 year is 14% of what the U.S. spends on the military industrial complex in 1 year.

But it’s interesting fersmom mentions her admiration for Australia which has one of the best single payer health care programs in the world.

Posted by: The-Historian | April 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

There are three syllables in the good doctor's name. Leave off the last syllable and you get the measure of his character.

Posted by: anotheractor | April 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Dr. Cassell thinks. There are almost as many urologists in Florida as there are dermatologists -- all those senior citizens in need. Besides, Florida doctors are among the worst in the nation. The Florida medical board is so lenient, it allows doctors to make the same mistakes again and again, without punishment, including surgeons who've removed the wrong limbs more than a few times. Go to another state if you need medical care.

Posted by: ccs53 | April 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

From Bowhunter: "But the libtards show their true faces by resorting to name calling. What a@@es!"
Nice name-calling, idiot.

Posted by: usemark1 | April 2, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jhayne5
"Hey Democrats, how's that new haelthcare law working out for ya so far?

Posted by: jhayne5 | April 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse"

Working out very well actually. My insurer has canceled it's planned 30% increase of my premiums this year, the first time in 4 years that they won't be increasing my premiums. Working out VERY well!!

Posted by: TraderX | April 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Single Payer would solve this tort reform issues quickly.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The Dr.s said he would not turn anyone away, nor did he ask prospective patients their political ties. He is merely exercising his 1st Amendment rights, which really upsets all the liberals. It works both ways, that whole Constitution thing.

But the libtards show their true faces by resorting to name calling. What a@@es!

Posted by: Bowhunter | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

This guy gives boomers a bad name.

Posted by: The-Historian | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

He's a urologist. Presumably he knows how to whiz up a rope.

Posted by: cubfan5151 | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should make a choice: obey his Hippocratic Oath and be a doctor, or become a partisan ideologue.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse


I think that the notion that those opposing the HRCA are going to leave the country is an empty threat. Hard to find anywhere to go that doesn't have universal coverage.

Maybe Zambia

Posted by: scott56 | April 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why's he half-stepping? why doesn't he just say democrats and liberals seek health care somewhere else? what a boob. here's hoping he refuses to treat someone and then needs treatment himself to have that boot removed from his arse. he's a punk.

Posted by: red2million | April 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Doctors are stopping their practice in Massachusetts because of Obamacare. This is just the beginning of doctors no longer practicing. Hey, Obama, how about another staged event with all those doctors standing behind you in those white coats you handed oout. What a farce.

Posted by: farmsnorton | April 2, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Since when do Doctors get to discriminate against their patients based on how they voted or political persuasion?

The guy should lose his license to practice.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

How is his patients seeing a different Urologist going to change the law?

Another cry and stomp your feet, take my ball and go home Republican baby.

Maybe the guy should re-read his hippocratic oath, or just be stripped of his license to practice.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 2, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The right-wing is not conservative, they are authoritarian.

That's how they ruled and that's how they will rule again if they ever get back in power.

Posted by: republican_disaster | April 2, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy Rush Limbaugh’s personal Physician, he’s in the “Right” field for it.
I didn’t know I would have to take a “Purity” test to see a Doctor.
I guess he’s confused the Hippocratic oath with the Hypocrites oath.
“No Shirt”, “No Shoes”, “Democrats” No Service.

Posted by: notthatdum | April 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse


I love it when a wacko let's me know up front that they're a wacko because that way they're easier to avoid.

Whether or not I supported any particular potlicial view, if I saw a sign like that on any doctor's door I wouldn't go in, even if his/her view was the same as mine.

It shows that particular person is a whole lot more involved in politics than they are in medicine.

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 2, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not doing [fill in the blank] - that would be unethical." I've heard this said a million times, and now I just take it as an admission that they are doing exactly what they deny doing.

Posted by: fleeciewool | April 2, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

jhayne asked:
Hey Democrats, how's that new haelthcare law working out for ya so far?
_____________________________________________
You do know that not all parts of it go into effect right away, right?

The first part that does go into effect right away is that children (infants, babies etc...) that part of the population so many republicans say they are interested in saving- will no longer be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

So, in answer to your limited and ultimately ignorant question, the new health care law is going along extremely well.

Sorry to hear about the republican health care law -the rich get well and the poor die. Perhaps you should try something else.

Posted by: topwriter | April 2, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Drs. are probably the most deeply educated members of our society. They represent the virtual cream of our intellectual crop. If we were serious about curtailing medical costs we would have tort reform. Her in Florida the ambulance chasing scumbats (Members of the ABA) have driven the cost of medical insurance to the moon. That's why all the testing etc. Drs. live in fear that some idiot will sue them because they didn't test enough to find something they could whine about. We have too many damn lawyers in this country and they are entirely too poorly regulated. As an engineer with an MSEE few people on the planet hold my respect the way the medical profession does.

Posted by: ransr01 | April 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Voting is private and as such none of his business. So can people picket and say "he voted for McCain he's a quack"?

Posted by: rlj1 | April 2, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Drs. are probably the most seriously educated members of our society. As such, they represent no small portion of the cream of our intellectual elite. If we were serious about curtailing medical costs we would have tort reform. Here in Florida the ambulance chasing scumbags (Members of the ABA) have driven the cost of medical insurance to the moon. That's why all the testing etc. Drs. live in fear that some idiot will sue them because they didn't test enough to find something they could whine about. We have too many damn lawyers in this country and they are entirely too poorly regulated. that's why people who do stupid things (ie put a cup of hot coffee between their legs in a moving car) receive large jury awards. As an engineer with an MSEE few people on the planet hold my respect the way the medical profession does. Shakespeare had it right!

Posted by: ransr01 | April 2, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

See now here's a rich professional who's feasted off the little man for many years and just when someone tries to even the playing field a bit he wants to cry like we're stealing right out of his pockets...

Between this and Fox News fake Sarah Palin show hard to determine which is worse. Now this is a sign america is going to the crapper when you give the likes of Sarah Palin a TV show haven't we been tortured enough by her VP run???

Posted by: papaskynz | April 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If you post a sign telling people to go elsewhere, how can you say you're not turning them away? You can't -- unless you're a liar.

(I'll never forget an allergy doctor I visited in 1993. He informed me that if I didn't have my allergies massively treated with an endless series of shots, I would find myself in the hospital within in a year.

He then proceeded to spend the rest of the appointment lambasting Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposals. I decided that if his judgment was that poor on politics, it might be equally poor on allergies, and never went back.

And, of course, I've never been anywhere near a hospital for allergies, since!)

Posted by: bcamarda2 | April 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

6 years from now when the Republican Politicians no longer see this legislation as an opportunity to get some votes back, this guy will still be remembered for his stance.

i feel sorry for him.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | April 2, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Agree "6thsense79", you go to the Dr. for treatment, not political debate. No "maphound" the health crisis is not soley the Dr.s fault. It's drug, health care and insurance co.s that bought off Congress. Insurance co.s control our intimate medical lives in ways George Orwell never imagined. If we can create a system that provides access to everyone and is as cheap as single-payer, I'm all ears. Otherwise we might at least seek the benefits 40 other advanced countries have made work with single-payer private doctors, private hospitals, and more highly regulated insurance co.s. Single payer means the largest pool of insurance is gathered by the government, so it's cheaper and more effective. Add in the public incentive to do education and early intervention to promote health in addition to treating sickness and health care becomes less expensive and more effective.

Posted by: eaglepeak | April 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So I guess when enough doctors stop practicing medicine because Obamacare makes it financially impractical, the Government can simply pass a law drafting them into service.

Oh, I forgot. The Government will simply drain the Third World of doctors willing to work on the cheap, and give them all green cards.

Posted by: pmendez | April 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I have two words for this jerk: Single payer.

It's a**holes like him that are the reason we need it. With doctors required to accept it as a condition of their license.

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 2, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

If he's one of those doctors who swore they'd leave the country if the health insurance reform bill passed, I wish he'd pack up and go. Bye!

Posted by: MartinCrim | April 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps patients should leave notes saying
"If you voted for McCain, seek payment elsewhere."

Posted by: Garak | April 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

At least he's an expert on the body part he works on--he studies it every morning when he looks in the mirror...

Posted by: nojunk4me | April 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, if this doctor was more intelligent, he would probably be something other than a urologist.

Posted by: JimZ1 | April 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This "doctor" must have a real knack for treating the ill with compassion. Sounds like another crybaby who can't take losing like a man. These guys lost and now they are going to take the ball and go home. This is the same kind of adolescent behavior that has kept the Republican party from winning elections. I hope it changes some time soon.

Posted by: sjp879 | April 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think this doctor should be a mechanic. What a fool!

Posted by: truth1 | April 2, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I do think the note itself is unprofessional. However, he is only saying plainly what most doctors do in practice now anyway. I had to stay home from work while I took care of my son and most doctor's offices told me to pay cash or get lost because they don't deal with any form of public insurance. That's just the reality that exists. All he did was say it in not so nice a manner.

Posted by: forgetthis | April 2, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Why should a doctor care that you voted/advocated for or against any kind of law? When I go to the doctor I don't go there to debate politics. I go there for treatment.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | April 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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Doctors are the sole reason that our health care system is a disaster. Doctors could band together and do whatever they want with health care. Apparently everything is fine as long as someone is footing the bill and they are getting their hefty paycheck. The system has been completely highjacked by MBAs and lawyers that are only involved to help scrape up every penney of profit--even if it kills people.

Yea, only in America.

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Posted by: maphound | April 2, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@jhayne5 - Pretty well. Thanks!

Posted by: clovis217 | April 2, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a gutless publicity hound. His office is in a highly Republican area. BFD.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Cassell should be free to treat anyone he chooses to, however, he did take an oath upon entering the medical profession and I believe his choice to discourage patients from seeking his services, puts him at odds with the promise he made,

Posted by: hadenuff1 | April 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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