“We have 10,000 New Yorkers on the list today waiting for organs. We import half the organs we transplant. It is an unacceptable failed system,” Brodsky said.
To fix that, Brodsky introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation. It would be the first law of its kind in the United States.
“Overseas, 24 nations have it. Israel has it. Others have it. And it works without a lot of controversy,” Brodsky said.
Currently one of the biggest obstacles to being a donor is while 9 out of 10 are favorable to it only 1 out of 10 is signed up to be a donor.
I heard about this a few days ago. While it seems heavy-handed on its face, all it seems to do is change the “default setting,” if you will, from a “no” to a “yes” when it comes to organ donation. It’s not like health care reform, where there is no way of opting out of the mandate. And, as an organ donor myself, I can appreciate it.
Nevertheless, since I heard about the story earlier this week, I could not get out of my head how, once again, Monty Python has shown that art does indeed imitate life. Well, to a certain degree, anyway.