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“The main cause of ex­ces­sive med­i­cal in­fla­tion (which is it­self the main cause of peo­ple be­ing unin­sured) is the fact that most Amer­i­cans are overin­sured.”

— Memo from Free­domWorks, a tea party group, to House Repub­li­cans on re­plac­ing the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act. “The best kid­neys are from young adults un­der age 35 years. No­body over the age of 50 will ever see one of those. There are a lot of peo­ple in their 50s and 60s who, with a prop­erly func­tion­ing kid­ney, could have 20 or more years of life. We’re mak­ing it harder for them to get a kid­ney that will func­tion for that length of time. It’s age dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

— Lainie Fried­man Ross, a Univer­sity of Chicago bioethi­cist and physi­cian, in the Wash­ing­ton Post on pro­posed kid­ney trans­plant guide­lines that would fa­vor younger, health­ier pa­tients.

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