Only a handful of the comments struck a supportive or neutral stance. Among them: "I just want to say that I hope everything possible is done to ensure retirement security for all Americans. Make annuitization the default option! Don't listen to paranoid idiots who think a sensibly regulated pension system is 'socialism.' "
Comments may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, N-5655, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210, Attn: Lifetime Income RFI.
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-- Reported by Joe Mont in Boston.