Very quietly, Trump may have just saved 43,000 lives
The regulations that President Trump voted to get rid of, which Hanke says will help the most, are those that prohibited any possible payment for lost wages or child care costs, of those who donate organs to others. That's one thing that has made it so hard for the supply of kidneys and other organs to reach the people who need them.
For a living donor, donating the kidney itself is not the problem — anyone who does that will live a perfectly normal life afterward while at the same time giving life itself to a second human being. Hanke notes that the actual supply is already there.
But it's a tough — and for some, impossible — thing to do when the law forbids even insurance companies from covering your legitimate expenses, which pile up fast and go high. And there aren't any tax breaks, either.
Hanke argues that that's long been something that needed changing. He also argues that even permitting actual payment to willing donors would ramp up the supply of kidneys even more and ensure enough for all who need these vital transplants. That wasn't on Trump's list, but it is unmistakably correct.
Perhaps the success of this current deregulation to save thousands of lives will lead to that deregulation as well. Some others that could be signed off on are now currently in Congress and will help, too. They include prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage (life or health) to donors or else jacking up rates for living donors. More deregulation, and all targeted at saving people.
Hanke notes that the long lines and dying patients have been going on a long time, since the 1980s. Any president could have fixed this, but none did. Until there was Trump.
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