The American People Want Repeal

The Weekly Standard

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 54 percent of Americans want Obamacare to be repealed, with the vast majority of those 54 percent “strongly” supporting repeal.  In fact, according to Rasmussen, it’s easier to find an American who strongly supports repeal (44 percent of voters) than to find one who even “somewhat” opposes it (42 percent).  Even worse for Democrats, a whopping 59 percent of independents want to see Obamacare be repealed.

The Republicans have a winning platform to run on with “Repeal, and then real reform,” but they need to offer voters a vision of what real reform would look like.  For Republican congressional candidates looking for a sensible and understandable reform proposal to complement their commonsensical push for repeal, the 1-page small-bill proposal (www.smallbill.org) could be the ticket.

The Democrats had optimistically claimed that turning a deaf ear to the American people and passing their unpopular bill would make it popular.  But Scott Rasmussen observes that “the overriding tone of the data is that passage of the legislation has not changed anything.  Those who opposed it before now want to repeal it.  Those who supported the legislation oppose repealing it.”  Unfortunately for the Democrats, the former number is a lot bigger than the latter one.

Rasmussen’s findings comes on the heels of a USA Today/Gallup poll released a couple of days ago.  That poll showed that, under Obamacare, Americans believe that the quality of their own health care would decline, the overall quality of health care in the United States would decline, their own health costs would rise, overall U.S. health costs would rise, deficits would rise, and the economy would suffer. And Americans don’t hold any of these opinions by slim margins.  For each of these six questions, Americans think that things would get worse, rather than better, by a margin of at least 10 percentage points, and the average margin for the six questions is 21 percentage points.

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Doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere for health care

Orlando Sentinel

MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care “elsewhere.”

“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.”

Estella Chatman, 67, of Eustis, whose daughter snapped a photo of the typewritten sign, sent the picture to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the Orlando Democrat who riled Republicans last year when he characterized the GOP’s idea of health care as, “If you get sick, America … Die quickly.”

Chatman said she heard about the sign from a friend referred to Cassell after his physician recently died. She said her friend did not want to speak to a reporter but was dismayed by Cassell’s sign.

“He’s going to find another doctor,” she said.

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.

Cassell, who has practiced medicine in GOP-dominated Lake County since 1988, said he doesn’t quiz his patients about their politics, but he also won’t hide his disdain for the bill Obama signed and the lawmakers who passed it.

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.”

Cassell, whose lawyer wife, Leslie Campione, has declared herself a Republican candidate for Lake County commissioner, said three patients have complained, but most have been “overwhelmingly supportive” of his position.

“They know it’s not good for them,” he said.

Cassell, who previously served as chief of surgery at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, said a patient’s politics would not affect his care for them, although he said he would prefer not to treat people who support the president.

“I can at least make a point,” he said.

The notice on Cassell’s office door could cause some patients to question his judgment or fret about the care they might receive if they don’t share his political views, Allen said. He said doctors are wise to avoid public expressions that can affect the physician-patient relationship.

Erin VanSickle, spokeswoman for the Florida Medical Association, would not comment specifically.

But she noted in an e-mail to the Sentinel that “physicians are extended the same rights to free speech as every other citizen in the United States.”

The outspoken Grayson described Cassell’s sign as “ridiculous.”

“I’m disgusted,” he said. “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. … Why don’t they change the name of the Republican Party to the Sore Loser Part

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Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick, III Arrested for trying to Expose Government Corruption

Canada Free Press

Retired Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III, a citizen of Monroe County Tennessee, attempted to affect a legal citizen’s arrest this morning as the new 2010 Monroe County Grand Jury convened for the first time.

Fitzpatrick’s actions were peaceful and supported by US and Tennessee Constitutional Law concerning a citizen’s right to expose government corruption, and affect a citizen’s arrest, especially when concerning individuals in government who are unlikely to ever expose their own corruption or arrest themselves.

Fitzpatrick has been seeking justice in Monroe County for quite some time now, and I have been following those efforts. Background and the string of events leading up to Mr. Fitzpatrick’s arrest can be followed in my previous columns on the subject.

After months of trying to get what could be the most important question of our time answered in an open court, it became clear that something was very wrong with the justice system, not only in Washington DC, but in little ole Monroe County, Tennessee as well.

The US Grand Jury Institute (USGJI) investigated events in Monroe County and issued a full report which is posted on Fitzpatrick’s web site, The Jag Hunter.

In brief, USGJI found that the Grand Jury in Monroe County, Tennessee was nothing more than a good ole boy club set up to deny justice, rather than uphold the state or US Constitutional process of fair and impartial justice, with a Jury Foreman who had held that maximum TWO YEAR position for twenty-seven years now.

Many more illegal anomalies were identified by the USGJI, all of which are explained in detail in their investigative brief.

Void of any other peaceful alternatives in his search for justice, Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III attempted to arrest members of the Monroe County government this morning, for what Fitzpatrick has alleged to be acts of corruption on a grand scale in his local community.

In return for his efforts to expose local corruption in the Monroe County justice system, Fitzpatrick himself was arrested this morning.

The message is overwhelming…

The American people have NO right to ask their president who or what he is… not even if you are a retired Navy Commander, or a top doctor and Lt. Colonel in the US Army.

If a US citizen dares to expose government corruption, it is likely to be the citizen who will be charged with a crime…

Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III was arrested in Monroe County early this morning and as of my most recent query to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office moments before releasing this report, Sgt. Lynn states that Fitzpatrick is “passively resisting” processing, but is expected to be arraigned on the following four charges tomorrow morning.

  1. Disturbing a meeting by interrupting a Grand Jury while in session, to arrest the jury Foreman Gary Pettway.
  2. Inciting a riot by gathering a reported five supporters to video the arrest attempt.
  3. Resisting arrest.
  4. Disorderly Conduct

Further information will be forthcoming as events unfold.

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