Opinion

Lawmaker's death prompts action

The death last month of Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., might serve as a blessing for some of the estimated 70,000 kidney patients whose lives depend on receiving transplanted organs. ...

The congressman, who waited six years for a lung transplant after his initial diagnosis in 1998, championed the bill in his final months. In his honor, House Resolution 710 passed the House 422-0 ... and it is expected to quickly move through the Senate. ...

By formally facilitating paired donations, the waiting list for kidneys could immediately shrink by 1,000 per year. This change alone could increase transplants by 14 percent, according to one study. ...

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would save taxpayers $470 million in spending on public health programs over the next 10 years. ...

These bills ... meld compassion with common sense. Both should quickly become law. Such personal acts of generosity should not be delayed by red tape or shrouded in legal ambiguity.

The above editorial excerpt is from The Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colo.

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