There is a long and sordid history of governments, including our own, using private information for illegitimate purposes. There is every reason to think that if we allow unfettered access to our private papers, it will happen again and again. That is why we have a 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures in the first place. The Founders were right on this one. We ignore their wisdom at our own peril.
Sorry if I interrupted a thread about Medicaid or something. . .
“If we sacrifice our values because we’re afraid, we don’t care about those values very much" -- Edward Snowden