Wall Street Journal: Sally Satel
It already exists, but unwise laws push it dangerously underground.
Last month, Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum, a 60-year-old Israeli who made his home in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally brokering kidney sales. Between 2006 and 2009, he arranged transplants for three New Jersey patients with renal failure. The donors, poor Israelis, were flown to the U.S. The surgeries took place at American hospitals where doctors had no knowledge that each patient had paid Rosenbaum about $160,000.
Rosenbaum is the first person convicted for violating the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA). But with 90,000 people in need of kidneys and 12 dying daily while waiting, it's surprising there aren't more Rosenbaums doing business in the U.S.