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  1. #1 Doc Fires Insane Preggo Lefty. 
    Doctor, patient part ways over health care debate

    By RAY REYES | The Tampa Tribune
    and NATALIE SHEPHERD | News Channel 8

    Published: March 5, 2010

    Updated: 03/05/2010 11:46 am

    TAMPA - It's no secret that proposals for health care reform have been divisive.

    The issue has intensified partisanship in Congress. A seemingly endless stream of special-interest groups from across the country has weighed in with rhetoric and money. The debate ranges from talk radio to office water coolers.

    In Tampa, the issue has transcended rhetoric to become intensely personal. It has severed the relationship between a doctor and a patient.

    The doctor is Madelyn Butler, founder of an obstetrics and gynecology practice called The Woman's Group. She doesn't like President Barack Obama's health care proposal and has posters in her office urging people to contact lawmakers and tell them to vote against the legislation.

    The patient is Barbara Gabriel, pregnant with her first child and a backer of the president's plan for health care reform. She saw the posters during a routine checkup at Butler's office.

    Offended, Gabriel pulled them down and tossed them out, she said. Then she sent a letter to Butler on Dec. 29, admonishing the doctor for a "lack of professionalism" and for "introducing political propaganda in a clinical setting."

    The doctor responded a week later. She wrote that she, too, was offended.

    Butler said in her letter that Gabriel went overboard in her reaction to the posters and that it was clear from Gabriel's letter "that your opinion of us is beneath the threshold of goodness that a patient should have for her health caretaker."

    "It is for this reason that we ask that you seek the care of another OB/Gyn," Butler wrote.

    Gabriel, four months pregnant at the time, said she was surprised she had been fired as a patient. Other than the posters, she was happy with the care she was given.

    For her part, Butler said, she would have welcomed a healthy discourse on the topic. She said she would have told Gabriel that government should not come between the doctor-patient relationship.

    The doctor said she didn't mind Gabriel voicing her opinions and that the decision to dismiss her as a patient didn't come lightly.

    But Gabriel crossed the line when she took the Florida Medical Association-endorsed posters from private property, the doctor said. She said her former patient's letter also had a disparaging tone.

    "It was very strongly worded," Butler said. "It was hostile."

    It appeared Gabriel had lost respect for her doctors, Butler said. Without that respect, she said, trust was shattered.

    In her letter, Gabriel wrote, "The bloated salaries that specialists such as the physicians at The Woman's Group earn are a symptom of the sickness that currently plagues our broken healthcare system."

    Later in the letter she writes, "For you to suggest to your patients that healthcare reform is coming in between you and those you serve is, quite frankly, disgusting."
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    Good. Time people started standing up to these nuts.
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Where does she 'get off' thinking that she can tear down posters in private office as she chooses.This mentality is typical of aggressive female liberals.I've experienced Feminists threaten to slap a mans face who's politics they disagreed with.The classic Bitch feminist throwing scalding hot coffee in an older mans face and just about blinding him because he was picketing an abortion clinic.The Doctor did the correct thing in dismissing her as a patient.Who needs her arrogant far left political crap.
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    Let her go find one of those AMA doctors. Oh, most of those lefties are not specialists.
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    Offended, Gabriel pulled them down and tossed them out, she said. Then she sent a letter to Butler on Dec. 29, admonishing the doctor for a "lack of professionalism" and for "introducing political propaganda in a clinical setting."
    Not her concern, not her property.

    She got off lightly, considering she could have been done for vandalism. If it does not belong to you, leave it alone.
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    This was her Bouncy moment. She sure showed that evil Rethug.
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    Good OB/GYNs are not easy to come by. Many have left the field due to the volume of laws suit filed against them. It seems that if a baby is born in any way not perfect a patient can find a lawyer willing to sue for malpractice

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    I've never seen political posters in any doctor's or dentist's offices I've been in. I wouldn't appreciate seeing them even if I agreed with their point of view. To me, they doesn't belong.

    But, it is fully within the first amendment rights of the doctor to post them and to have his/her private property left alone. She could have voiced her objections and disagreed with the doctor but that is as far as it should have gone.

    Of course, she was pregnant. I wonder if the doctor had any prior experience dealing with the emotions of pregnant women...
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    Of course, she was pregnant. I wonder if the doctor had any prior experience dealing with the emotions of pregnant women...
    ...I think a doctor in Obstetrics might know a little bit about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    ...I think a doctor in Obstetrics might know a little bit about it...
    My point exactly. He should know better.

    Whatever his political leanings he was unprofessional for insinuating his own political beliefs, whatever they might be, in a place where he is providing medical care to pregnant women who might actually be on an emotional rollercoaster because they are pregnant.

    Unless his sees only pregnant women of one political persuasion he should keep his views to himself.
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