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There should be a free market in organs Thats blunt isnt it All across the nation people are tearing their out hair trying to figure out what to do with our organ supply Should we supply organs on a strict first-come first-served basis Should emergency transplant cases move to the head of the line Should we refuse transplanted organs to people wholike Mickey Mantle and Larry Hagmanhave organ-abusive lifestyles Should famous peoplelike Mickey Mantle and Larry Hagmanget preferential treatment Whats wrong with this picture They are not our organs Unwittingly we have adopted the worst sort of Socialist argument with respect to the distribution of transplantable organs We argue that organs should be distributed on the basis of need perhaps taking account ofand penalizingbehaviors of which we disapprove Or we argue that organs should be distributed on the take-a-number plan like croissants at the bakery What we dont say but should is that organs available for transplantation should be sold to the highest bidder What Let people live or die on the basis of their ability to pay Yes Thats the way we do everything else People with money eat better food and thus tend to live longer People with money live in safer neighborhoods and thus tend to live longer People with money drive newer better-equipped cars and thus tend to live longer People with money buy better health care generally and thus tend to live longer There are those who oppose this way of disbursing property of course But in fact the only alternative to decision-making by economic criteria in the marketplace is decision-making by political criteria in the legislature If you need a transplanted organ in a free market you can decide how much it is worth to you But if the organ supply is nationalized then some politician or functionary will be empowered to decide how much you are worth to him or
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