Doctors have opinions, too. And Dr. Jack Cassell of Mount Dora, Florida has made his public outside his office door. The urologist posted this sign:

“If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.”

Long live free speech.

Cassell is not refusing to offer treatment. He is, however, making a statement. That the health care reform bill is bad medicine.

“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.”

A professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, despite saying Cassell is “pushing the limit”, admitted the urologist is within his right. Doctors cannot refuse patients due to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Political preference isn’t listed.

However, as Dr. Cassell as said, he isn’t refusing treatment. But he has a right to his opinion and his right to express it. If he prefers not to treat those who have supported Obama and the health care mandate, Cassell can express that opinion, according to the Florida Medical Association.

Erin VanSickle, spokeswoman for the Florida Medical Association, would not comment specifically.
But she noted in an e-mail to the Sentinel that “physicians are extended the same rights to free speech as every other citizen in the United States.”

Why does Cassell not love and adore Obama? Hard to say. It could be because Obama has accused doctors of removing tonsils for profit, while their patients might only need allergy medicine.

Or may it’s because Obama has said doctors perform unnecessary amputations – a foot here, an arm there – for money.

It’s really hard to find a reason why any doctor wouldn’t love Obama.

Of course, Cassell is not alone. Thus far, Cassell says only three patients have complained of his sign, while most have been “overwhelmingly supportive”. And they, also, aren’t alone. Nationally, Obama isn’t getting any more likable, according to a new CBS Poll. Since the health care vote, people just don’t seem to like him.

Also from the poll: “When it comes to health care, the President’s approval rating is even lower — and is also a new all-time low. Only 34 percent approved, while 55 percent said they disapproved.”

Cassell, however, isn’t only voicing his opinion. He’s also working to educate his patients. He has printouts of a health care time line that outlines “major provisions” in the health care bill, with a note by Dr. Jack Cassell saying, “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.”

Now that’s good medicine.