Last August, the RNC sent a fundraising appeal suggesting that if health reform passed, Democrats might deny medical care to Republicans. “It has been suggested,” a question on the RNC push poll read, “that the government could use voter registration to determine a person’s political affiliation, prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system.” Of course, this was nonsense and the RNC was forced to walk back the claim. But ironically, now that reform is a reality, a Republican doctor is discriminating against Democrats:
“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.”
The sign reads: “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.” […]
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.”
University of Florida bioethics Professor William Allen said Cassell “is pushing the limit” of his profession’s code of conduct by suggesting that he’ll refuse to treat people based on their political orientation. He’s “trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation,” Allen added. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said he was “disgusted” by the “ridiculous” sign. “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,” Grayson added.