TLP: It Used To Be Funny When He Said He Was A "Dick Doctor"

Friday, April 02, 2010 , , , 19 Comments

health care politics
The fallout from Obamacare continues ... and in just about the most personal way possible for patients of Dr. Jack Cassell, a Florida urologist who added a new sign in his office. It's a little more distressing than, "Please Show Your Insurance Card At Each Visit."

NYT:
“If you voted for Obama,” says the taped-up sign, “seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now. Not in four years.”

The Times couldn't track Cassell down, but he assured The Orlando Sentinel that he would not refuse to treat a patient because of politics, because, “That would be unethical.” But it wouldn't bother him if Democrats who saw the sign found another doctor.

Cassell's congressman, Democrat Alan Grayson, was a big Obamacare backer and couldn't wait to unzip and piss all over his constituent.

More from the NYT:

“I think it’s disgusting,” he said. “I know that most people go into health care because they want to help sick people. They don’t have some political agenda. I think it’s outrageous that someone would try to press his political agenda.”

He added, “I think the sore losers are out in force.”

Of course, if there's anyplace you're going to find people who want to be "sore" losers, it's a urologist's office.

Update: JDA spoke to a different doctor in a different congressional district who prefers to remain anonymous but had this to say:

"Even in time of war and the even in the battleground the mission of a Doctor is to assist and care for the wounded ‘friend and enemy’. This so called Dr. dares to deny care to people that simply think different than him?...truly pathetic. All that Dr. Cassell cares is his pocket.

"Dr. Cassell is just one more expression of extremism in this country. What is next? If you voted for Obama, if you are not anglo-white, if you are not Christian and churchgoer, if you are not straight....go elsewhere to look for care.

"A true expression of the times America is going through. A time in which angry people throw money and insult a poor man with Parkinson’s disease holding a sign simply expressing a different opinion, a time when people spit and yell angry racial slurs to congressman, a time when people threaten with ‘death’ others that have a different point of view. A truly sad time for America."

Word, Doctor, word.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

19 comments:

Rosemary said...

I find it highly entertaining that Congressman (sic) Grayson would be upset about anyone he feels is not practicing the Oath of Hippocrates...Grayson is not using the healthcare system he so highly touts, nor will his family, and hundreds of others who tout the blessings of this bill...Hippocrates..this Congressman (sic) needs a reality check and needs to take the Oath of Hypocrites! And in the self righteous stomping of his feet could be heard the voices of all those "little people" that are soo far below him....cake, anyone? Every doctor should take a page from a bored housewife, close your professional legs! A few weeks without the hair weaving doctors, botox surgeons, and psychiatrists would send our wonderful Congress scurrying to change things...oh wait, they don't use the fabulous bill that they tout...no skin off their backs....We won't need urologists when this is all through, we'll need proctologists...and may they all need one on a regular basis....and may the Dr. Cassells of the country have a chance to extract their revenge with every visit!

Fuck yes, Rosemary, but we won't actually need proctologists to diagnose the assraping we're getting.

I don't know about you but my taxpayer ass has been hurting since all the way back before TARP.

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Anonymous said...

Dr jack Cassel is a disgrace to the medical profession.
CM. Aldaz MD, Ph.D

Anonymous said...

what a hateful post. cool it man.
the sky is not going to fall.

This doctor's license may be taken away though. Rightly so.

jinksto said...

Why would they take his license? He said that he'll treat anyone and that the sign is just to prove that he doesn't like you. I'm OK with that.

My dentist has scuba diving magazines in his office to show that he likes diving. I'm cool with someone saying, "you suck. I don't like you, go away."

Let's be honest here, urology isn't exactly emergency medicine. His hurting someones feelings isn't going to cause them to fall over and die. They'll just go down the street and find a subsistence funded clinic. Hopefully with rusty equipment.

His congress critters comment though proves something though.

“I think the sore losers are out in force.” Sore losers? This isn't a game. It's fucking serious.

Idiot.

The Truth said...

Why should this doctor be punished? He is entitled to FREE SPEECH just like every other American. What race-card-playing Obama supporters need to get together and realize is that EQUALITY IS A TWO WAY STREET, and I put that in caps for a reason: That way, when all of the race-baiting program-hogging libs find someone who can read this to them, the point won't be missed.

Anonymous said...

To those who feel Dr. Cassell has a right to post that petulant, silly sign, how about this: Why not allow ALL businesses in America - be they medical in nature or not – to post signs asking prospective patrons to declare their political affiliations and beliefs? Then, if those affiliations and beliefs don't match those of the business owners, prospective customers, clients, or patients could be told to go away and look elsewhere for the goods or services they seek. Or would that be just TOO unethical for America – Land of the Free?

Oh yes, ethics and Dr. Jack Cassell. The man knows NOTHING about ethics, medical or otherwise, and IF he ever took the Hippocratic Oath, the poor putz obviously didn’t understand the meaning of its simple words. Hell, if the good doctor were at all honest, he’d openly admit that his purported medical office is nothing more than campaign headquarters for his wife, Leslie Campione, a lawyer and Republican candidate for the county commission. (Hmm ... wonder if the doctor asked his own dear legal-eagle whether he could post that sign without encountering any legal recourse. Or perhaps, it was her genius idea.)

Furiously trying to back-pedal away from the very clear meaning of his sign, Cassell can now be seen in a hilarious, but cringe-worthy video on YouTube.com, where Neil Cavuto of Fox News (no less) questions him about that sign. (And when Fox News starts questioning a Republican’s ethics … well, that IS news!) Getting nothing of any substance from Cassell, other than a pained and confused look on his face, like he had a urinary tract infection or something, an exasperated Cavuto, most likely out of pity for the fool, quickly gave up on him.

Anonymous said...

As it is the law that a Judge is to recuse himself from a case that he may have some type of personal or business conflict of interest in, for good reason, in that it may affect his decision and subsequently the life of the person on trial. To compare would you want that Judge to try your case knowing he had a strong personal distain for the personal views that you hold. As it is Dr. C'ASS'ell is saying that "No, I'm not refusing service to anyone." But would ANYONE want someone that has very vocally expressed that they have a personal distain for your personal views want that person sticking instruments up your pee hole!!

Next is when you call 911 when your in need of a vital service, the operator says "Well, unless you share the same political views of the Police/EMT/Firefighter, you might want to call somewher else."

jinksto said...

Anonymous 1: said, "Why not allow ALL businesses in America - be they medical in nature or not – to post signs asking prospective patrons to declare their political affiliations and beliefs? Then, if those affiliations and beliefs don't match those of the business owners, prospective customers, clients, or patients could be told to go away and look elsewhere for the goods or services they seek."

To which I respond:
Oh ABSOLUTELY! Feel free to tell me that you voted for Obama and I'll be ecstatic to leave your place of business or turn down your services. There's a local retailer here who didn't have to do more than offer Obama memorabilia for sale to encourage me to avoid his shop. Just to be extra fair I told him why I wasn't buying anything and why I wasn't coming back.

The rest of your argument doesn't make any sense because you ignored what the good doctor has said and went on your own merry little rant about denial of service. Phhhttt I say, and double phhhttt. In the end it comes back to general liberal argument that you are somehow entitled to anything that you want but can't have.

jinksto,

It goes back to the dichotomy of freedom. How free are we willing to be? Recent actions have shown me (and, presumably, the federal government) that America prefers to be in a nanny state. We like it this way, maybe because we were so mesmerized by the teevee and crap we couldn't afford for so long and no longer know how to think for ourselves.

You can see outrage brewing around America but for the most part, people don't want to talk about it. So asshats like Dr Cassell do things like this - and? Should he lose his license? Doesn't he have a right to put up any sign he likes at his place of business?

We no longer understand what "free" means. We are confused into thinking we have a "free market" system - if we did, Dr Cassell could put up this sign, a select few would get angry but most wouldn't care and in the end he would be judged by the free market. Maybe he lives in a town full of Republicans and business is booming. Maybe he's not even that good of an urologist and would have gone out of business anyway. Unfortunately, too many of these factors are now influenced directly by the federal government and, subsequently, the judgment of the rest of the country.

The "entitlement" argument is no longer exclusive to liberals. A large majority of our fine nation seems to suffer from that delusion.

Anonymous said...

To: Jinksto
Re: your post of today at 9:16 AM

Thanks so much for your irritated response to my post of 7:39 AM.

Please forgive me, but after carefully re-reading my “merry little rant,” I can't seem to find the part where I mentioned ANYTHING about "denial of service" by Dr. Cassell. Obviously aware that an official denying of service to anyone might well cost him his medical licence, Cassell instead cleverly decided to use words on a little sign outside his office that he could claim had been misinterpreted. (Then again, the dismissive and dictatorial, "IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA, SEEK UROLOGIC CARE ELSEWHERE” is hardly open to misinterpretation, is it?) Okay, so now Cassell is proclaiming to anyone who’ll listen – and he's sure been doing plenty of inarticulate proclaiming on his media rounds - that he does treat existing patients and will treat new patients who support Obama. How very kind and valorous of him. But the unspoken caveat, unless you missed it, is that he'll treat those people – just like he does HIS president - with all the disdain and contempt they deserve, because they have the audacity – the unmitigated gall - not to agree with what HE thinks politically. Unless I’m mistaken, Dr. Cassell gets paid for medical services he provides his patients, not for any political lecturing they could easily get for free on CPAC, or, for that matter, from his wife.

You finished your missive by writing: “In the end it comes back to [the] general liberal argument that you are somehow entitled to anything that you want but can't have.” No, not really. In the end, as Dr. Cassell and others just like him (e.g. you) always prove, it comes back to the general right-wing, petulant and childish argument that it has to be YOUR way or NO way, and that anyone who thinks differently than YOU do is somehow unworthy of common decency and respect.

Thanks again, Jinksto, for your most amusing and entertaining comments. I especially enjoyed, “Phhhttt I say, and double phhhttt.” The local retailer, who incurred your wrath by brazenly stocking presidential memorabilia without your permission, must surely be missing your company and business. You’re quite the hoot, bound to brighten anyone’s day.

jinksto said...

Apologies. I inferred "denial of service" from your claims of ethical transgressions. How else is the sign an ethical violation?

Have you read the oath of Hippocrates? I have and see no violation here.

The local retailer hardly incurred my wrath. He just lost business.

I'm glad that you were amused by my comments. In addition to pphhttt I occasionally giggle and often chortle as well. You're right. I do tend to brighten peoples day unless they disagree with me.

Anonymous said...

Part 1 of 2

Hey again, Jinksto

I neither said Dr. Cassell was guilty of "ethical transgressions," nor did I say his sign was an "ethical violation." My references in regard to "ethics" and "ethical" were based solely on my understanding of the dictionary definitions of those words.

ethics - that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions, and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions

ethical - (1) pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct; (2) being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession

We obviously have differing views as to what those words mean and how they apply to Cassell and his sign. Though I concede he was within his legal rights to post such a sign, I believe it was morally wrong (unethical) for him to do so. Though he has every right to express his opposition to and disdain for Obama and the health care bill, to me it seemed profoundly wrong that he’d exploit that opposition by trying to punish - in his rather adolescent, vengeful way – Obama supporters with at least the threat of denying them service. Though he now claims it was never his intent to deny Obama supporters access to his services, his sign does, at the very least, imply denial of those services. To paraphrase, the sign read, "GO ELSEWHERE," not "GO ELSEWHERE ... BUT I'LL TREAT YOU ANYWAY."

You asked had I read the Oath of Hippocrates. Yes, but only the modern-day version. In that, there are two specific passages, containing words I've capitalized, that might help explain why I even made reference to the Oath in regard to Cassell:

"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 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.”

Though I don’t know him personally, by his actions, Cassell doesn’t strike me as being an especially warm, sympathetic, or understanding doctor, who feels obligations to ALL his fellow Human beings. His sign could not have been more blunt, cold, and demeaning to those (Obama supporters) who may have sought his medical help. And why was it again they were treated so? Oh yeah, because their political affiliations weren’t identical to his. In hindsight, guess it’s all to the good, since those who left Dr. Cassell’s chilly doorstep have now found other more caring physicians who don’t give a rat’s ass how they voted in the last election.

Anonymous said...

Part 2 of 2

You mentioned in an earlier post that the "general liberal argument" is "that you are somehow entitled to anything that you want but can't have." That, of course, is another major difference in our thinking. Unless I'm mistaken, you apparently believe that health care is an entitlement, a luxury that only those who can afford it should have; whereas, I think of it as a Human right for all, as set out in the UN's Declaration of Human Rights (12/10/48). Yeah, I know … to you, that's probably another of those Liberal "gimme, gimme, gimme" socialist manifestos that means zilch in our world. Naturally, I feel differently.

Article 25:
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and MEDICAL CARE and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

You'll be happy to know, Jinksto, that you've heard the last from me on this subject. I can't express my opinions regarding the Cassell sign matter any better than I've already tried to do. To keep trying would be a waste of both our time.

In the end, as mentioned earlier, you and I have differences of opinion, and those differences will remain no matter what either of us has to say. But hell, there's no crime in disagreeing about things, is there? (Well, unless perhaps, your real name is Jack Cassell. LOL) Good grief, how painfully boring life would be if we all agreed on everything.

I wish you all the best.

Grant

jinksto said...

I think you're right. The only place that the discussion can really go from here is further disagreement on the sanctity/sovereignty of the UN and it's subsequent social irrelevance. We'd be well off topic to go there.

I think you would be surprised at the capacity for greedy right-wingers to give. The left wing argument seems to be that by not agreeing that every human has equal rights to my earnings that I am somehow greedy. No matter the other social contributions that I make. From spending a month rebuilding homes in southern Mississippi after Katrina to mailing friends an extra $1000 to help them through tough times. I believe that it is my duty to help them. I do not believe that it's my governments duty.

Really, people, I was just trying to be filthy and see if I could make JDA roll her eyes at me. Again.

That part of it worked, although it appears I have another price to pay for all of that. What also seems to have worked is getting you folks to go at it with each other. The more viewpoints out there, the better for everyone. Especially when you play nice.

Anonymous said...

No, I’m not at all “surprised at the capacity for greedy right-wingers to give.” Oddly, I’ve never thought that right-wingers were particularly greedy. Then again, I’m not a great believer in the TYPICAL right-winger, left-winger, or anything else-winger labels we all tend to slap on each other – collectively prejudging huge groups of people, based solely on perceptions of what their labels supposedly represent.

Though I promised to have nothing more to say about Dr. Jack Cassell, there was something not mentioned in my previous "merry little" rants about him and his sign. Incredible as it may seem, it didn’t matter to me in the least that he’s a Republican. Under reverse circumstances, had he been a Democrat showing his political prejudice against Republicans for whatever what reason, I would’ve felt exactly the same. Simply put, I strongly believed that what he did was morally, and therefore, ethically wrong. Whatever the labels, political and otherwise, we’ve all been tagged with, in the end, we’re all just people – Human and hopefully humane individuals – trying to get through life as best we can. Attempting to hurt each other in ANY way doesn’t make that journey easier or better for any of us. Cassell may have made his point, but I’m not quite sure what exactly it was he accomplished. But who knows? A "celebrity" of sorts now, he might soon end up with his own TV reality show.

As before, Jinksto, thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. And again, I’m not at all surprised that a “right-winger” would have the capacity to give – to be a caring and generous soul. Egad! Just think, an actual and heartfelt compliment from a “left-winger.” Will the wonders of life never cease? :-)

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