A Pound of Flesh?

Many Americans feel that paying taxes costs an arm and a leg. Now the federal government is asking for a little more-hearts, livers, and other assorted organs. The Internal Revenue Service is sending 70 million households organ donor cards along with their tax returns. The feds hope to increase the supply of donated organs, which falls well below the de- mand. (See "Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Liver?," Citings, February.) Nearly 4,000 Americans died in 1996 while on a waiting list for a transplant. About 50,000 are on waiting lists. The federal government prohibits any compensation to organ donors.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Progressive Puritans: From e-cigs to sex classifieds, the once transgressive left wants to criminalize fun.
  • Port Authoritarians: Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal
  • The Menace of Secret Government: Obama’s proposed intelligence reforms don’t safeguard civil liberties

SUBSCRIBE

advertisement