April 2, 2010


Urologist Jack Cassell has a message for anyone who supports President Obama and health care reform: Find a new doctor. He posted a sign on his front door with the following message:

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

As if it weren't enough to put out that particular flavor of welcome mat, there's also this little gem:

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."

Beyond the obvious temper tantrum, I'm at a loss to understand exactly what his problem might be. It's not like he accepts patients from a myriad of insurers. According to *now-defunct Doctor dot com listing, the only insurance he accepts is CIGNA. Since he's a specialist and surgeon, I can only assume he's a little angry that he might get some new patients down the road as more people are able to get health insurance and seek medical treatment?

Oh, and in case you wondered, the answer is yes. He's a registered Republican, and his wife is running for local office. For all of his education, it seems he can't be bothered to read the actual provisions of the law, preferring the Frank Luntz abbreviated version instead.

No warm fuzzies for Dr. Cassell from Rep. Alan Grayson, either.

The outspoken Grayson described Cassell's sign as "ridiculous."

"I'm disgusted," he said. "Maybe he thinks the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no good.' If this is the face of the right wing in America, it's the face of cruelty.... Why don't they change the name of the Republican Party to the Sore Loser Party?"

Seriously. I'll let the medical community sort out the ethics, but if I saw that sign on my doctor's door, I'd find a new doctor. Pissed-off urologists aren't my cup of tea.

UPDATE: Via Huffington Post, a video of the good doctor, in his own words:

*Editor's note 6/29/2018: After it was brought to our attention that the Doctors.com link was broken, it was edited to point to an archived page. - Karoli

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