The US Cencus: From enumeration to intrusion

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Citizens’ Council on Health Care
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Click here to read the full document: http://www.cchconline.org/pdf/CENSUS_PAPER_2010_FINAL.pdf

 by Twila Brase and Jenna Minegar*

Starting March 15, 2010, the 2010 U.S. Census forms will be sent out nationwide.
Since the first census in 1790, the U.S. Constitution has upheld the U.S. Census as a means of counting citizens to properly apportion Representatives and direct taxes among the 50 states. While enumeration continues to be one portion of the Census, the overall purpose of the Census has shifted as the nation has developed and grown.
The U.S. Census and the American Community Survey now collect additional private data on Americans, including information on health status and medical conditions. The shift from enumeration to data collection has raised significant privacy concerns for Americans.  Some citizens have opted out of the Census or limited their responses despite the risk of financial penalties.
The U.S. Census Bureau has acknowledged the public’s concern, but failed to recognize the unconstitutional nature of these intrusions. Furthermore, federal officials have failed to acknowledge the shift from enumeration to intrusion as the source of higher costs and poor compliance. The problem, however, is not the American people.
The problem is the intrusiveness nature of the Census. One renowned financial leader offers a better way.




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