Punishing Good Deeds

So if you are a live organ donor, you may be denied if you apply for health insurance later. There’s a lot wrong with this, but let’s start with the facts:

“It’s absurd,” says Matthew Cooper, director of kidney transplantation at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Transplant centers put potential donors through a comprehensive battery of medical tests before permitting them to give up an organ. “These patients are handpicked. They’re some of the healthiest people around.” —Organ donors may be denied health insurance

They are also heroic, supremely generous people who should be celebrated for their service to others. How about instead of punishing these people, we explicitly acknowledge the contribution they are making by guaranteeing them, oh, the same level of healthcare coverage provided to a member of the US Congress?

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