A Florida urologist is so outraged by the health care reform law that he doesn’t want to treat President Obama’s supporters. “If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere,” reads a sign taped to Jack Cassell’s office door. “Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.” In the waiting room, patients can find photocopies of a Republican handout and a sign reading, “This is what the morons in Washington have done to your health care.”
Cassell, a 56-year-old registered Republican, tells the Orlando Sentinel he wouldn’t really turn anybody away. “That would be unethical," he explains. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it.” Civil rights laws don’t specifically prohibit discriminating based on political beliefs, but one professor of bioethics and medical professionalism says Cassell is “pushing the limit” of his obligation.