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Urologic care is not a civil right

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 5, 2010 09:35 AM

Someone please just get Democrat demagogue Alan Grayson an MSNBC show and be gone with him.

The Florida congressman is trying to make a federal case out of one urologist’s exercise of political free speech. Via Fox News over the weekend:

An outspoken U.S. congressman is planning to file a complaint against the central Florida urologist who posted a sign on his office door warning supporters of President Obama to find a different doctor.

A spokesman for Rep. Alan Grayson, who angered Republicans last year when he said they wanted sick Americans to “die quickly,” told FoxNews.com that Florida Democrat is helping a constituent who was affected by the sign to file a complaint next week with the proper authorities. Grayson will also file additional complaints with all relevant boards or agencies, Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said.

The notice on Dr. Jack Cassell’s Mount Dora practice says, “If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.”

Cassell told Fox News on Friday he wasn’t refusing care to patients but wanted to educate them on how the new health care law would affect them.

“I came across the timeline for implementation of Obamacare and I got a little discouraged when I got to next year when I found that most of the ancillary services and nursing homes and diagnostic imaging, all these things start to fade away,” he told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “And I felt that my patients really need to know about this. And the more I thought about it, the angrier I got until I finally felt like I’m going to put a little splash page on my front door and just get people thinking a little bit.”

Cassell, 56, also provides Republican reading material in the waiting room — probably not a risky move, given that Mount Dora’s 10,000 residents and the surrounding area lean heavily conservative. Above a stack of GOP health care literature, a sign 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.”

Grayson’s attempt to racialize Cassell’s sign was so over-the-top that even CNN’s chief Tea Party-basher Anderson Cooper wasn’t biting, via Newsbusters:

ANDERSON COOPER: Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson — a woman whose daughter took a picture of the sign sent it to the Congressman complaining. He’s filing a formal complaint with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Medical Board. Congressman Grayson joins us now.

Does it make sense what the doctor is saying? I mean, he’s claiming he’s not turning any patients away.

REP. ALAN GRAYSON (D), FLORIDA: He’s a very confused individual, that much is obvious. But what he’s doing clearly is a violation of the ethics rules that you cited earlier, the Hippocratic Oath, the rules of the AMA and it’s at the expense of his patients in care.

What he is doing is no different from saying I will not treat a black person, I will not treat a Catholic.

COOPER: But wait, wait, wait a minute. I mean, I’m not taking a side, I’m not taking anybody’s side in this, but just for accuracy’s sake, he had said nothing about race and race is a protected category, I mean, there are — it’s illegal to discriminate someone based on race, but it’s not illegal to say you don’t want to treat somebody because you don’t like their politics. Politics is not a protected class.

GRAYSON: Well, in fact, where he lives in Mount Dora (ph) which is in my district many, many of the Democrats who live in Mount Dora (ph) happen to be African-Americans. So by saying that he will not treat somebody who supported Obama, he’s saying that he’s not going to treat a large number of African-Americans in this community.

For the record, according to liberal-leaning Wikipedia, Mount Dora is “75.1% White, 12.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race [represent] 12.5% of the population.”

COOPER: But — so you’re saying race is at the core of that? Come on there is no evidence of that all.

GRAYSON: No, I’m saying — I’m saying that it shows poor judgment. And the effect — the effect of this will set us back as a country. That’s why I’m disgusted by it.

COOPER: But again, he’s not doing anything illegal.

Urologic care is not a civil right. Neither is medical treatment from a politically correct doctor. For now, anyway.

Stunts like Grayson’s will just accelerate the pace at which medical professionals abandon their practices and hang even more troublesome signs on their doors:

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.

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