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We shouldn't treat kidneys as commodities
We shouldn't treat kidneys as commodities

Tens of thousands of Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. The gap between the demand for donated kidneys and the supply creates a situation that free-market cheerleaders can't bear to leave alone: People have two kidneys, so why not end our shortage of organs for transplantation by adopting a "cash for kidneys" program in place of the current law against organ sales? Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics, calculated that putting a $15,000 price tag on donated kidneys would generate enough sellers to meet current needs. But buying and selling organs is a dangerous and misguided game, no matter how exalted the theorists playing it or how seemingly...

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