Doctors Begin to Rebel

Will ObamaCare destroy the medical profession, driving the capable away from the field and leaving us with a handful of foreign-trained Third-World immigrants given to car-bombing airports, as socialized medicine has done to Britain? Or will the State be turned back? At least some are showing signs of resistance:

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“I’m not turning anybody away — that would be unethical,” Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora [Florida] 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.”

But of course, even if Cassell did refuse to see Obamunists, our liberal lawyer rulers could just override his wishes and force him to do whatever they demand:

Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is “trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation,” Allen said.

“But this is pushing the limit,” he said.

That is, physicians are advised not to get uppity.

The next challenge for our rulers is how to force the intelligent and industrious to become doctors in the first place, after the profession has been reduced to slave status.

Cassell’s patients are reportedly “overwhelmingly supportive” of his position. But ObamaCare isn’t about doctors or patients. It’s about bureaucratic rodents grinding their loafers into our faces.

The story comes with a poll. Check out the results:

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On tips from Wiggins and Henry. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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