"RACE is defined as country of origin"
Have a look at http://www.definitions.net/definition/country+of+origin
"fatherland, homeland, motherland, mother country, country of origin, native land(noun)
the country where you were born"
That is a major problem by it's self. As I was born in the USA, so that would make me a Native American (for lack of a better term) by definition. BUT as far as I know I have no Indian blood in my line.
Now if we were truly treat everyone equally, this type of information is only valid if tracing ones "DNA" line and not having anything to do with Medicare.