Kansas City woman claims she was refused medical treatment over her politics

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - With the presidential election less than a week away one Kansas City woman says it can't be over soon enough.

Linda Lighton contacted 41 Action News claiming her doctor refused to treat her because of her political views.

Both Lighton and her physician, Dr. Robert Battmer, agree there was a discussion about a political sign hanging inside the doctor's office. They disagree on how it ended.

She said Battmer escorted her out after she told him she wasn't voting for his candidate for president.

"I think everybody is entitled to an opinion," Lighton said.
But on Monday, Lighton said her own opinion got her removed from her gynecologist's office.
"As I went into the office part, he had a Romney/Ryan poster pasted on his door. He said, 'Did you see this Romney sign?' I said, 'Well I did,'" she recounted.
Lighton said Battmer went on to say very negative comments about the president.
"'Mr. Obama is Muslim,' and a lot of other stuff," she said. "I wish I could have recorded it." 
She was more shocked by the next thing she claims he said to her.
"He said 'I won't service anybody if they don't vote for Romney,'" she said. "I was like, 'Well, I will be voting President Obama,' and he said, 'Well, I can't help you then.'" 
Lighton said Battmer proceeded to escort her out of the office.
"He said, 'No, I'm not taking your money, you're not buying vitamins. You're just out of here. You are out of here and you will not be here again,'"  she said.
Battmer refused to go on camera, but said the allegations weren't true in a phone interview. He also said Lighton was the one who made inappropriate comments about the campaign sign, and he didn't refuse her as a patient.
41 Action News contacted the Kansas Medical Society, but our calls and email have not yet been answered.
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