Three issues surfaced in New Jersey this week that have significant implications for the public. All involve either policy that may be changing (organ transplants), or not changing enough (cellphone use while driving), or not changing at all (in some places) and should (using private brokers for questionable "public services").
Organ transplants: The Star Ledger editorial on Sunday, “Hey Buddy, Want to Buy a Kidney?” discourages commercial transactions for organs and relies on voluntary donations, encouraging that practice by supporting legislation in Trenton that allows insurers to deny transplant coverage to anyone refusing to donate organs themselves.
There is another way, not as dire, that would have just as good, if not better, results: the opt-out system. Simply stated, if you don’t want to donate organs, say so; otherwise, you’re in the organ donation program. “Organs for transplant: Improving the supply by shifting the policy (from opting in to opting out)” discusses the value of this approach to organ transplant public policy.