(CNN) -- Thirty years ago, the United States enacted a law that has inadvertently condemned hundreds of thousands of Americans to death. As a result of the National Organ Transplant Act, more Americans have lost their lives waiting for an organ than died in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq put together.
The law bans almost any payment to living organ donors. Recipients themselves can reimburse donors' travel, lodging, and lost wages, which helps, when they have the money -- but not when they don't.
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