Re: Confused identification with authentication.
That is what the rest of the world does.
If I am, let's say in Bulgaria and I know your EGN (their equivalent of SSN) I can do you a favor - pay your local taxes, parking tickets or even traffic fines. I cannot, however, draw credit or in any other way impersonate you which results in me being given money or assets. For that you need a valid ID which is a choice of Eu biometric ID or passport (which has biometrics). Rest if Europe (except UK which continues with "utility bill idiocy") is the same.
However, what can we expect. It is USA - constantly moralizing and teaching everyone how we are supposed to live while forgetting to wipe their bottoms and flush the toilet.