Md.'s AAA bond rating is doing seniors no favors

February 24, 2011

I was happy to read in the Feb. 23 Sun, that Maryland is one of only eight states with a coveted AAA credit ranking. ("Maryland maintains highest rating ahead of bond sale.") Then, because I am retired and seriously ill, I went back to working on my complicated graph of which medicines I can afford to take and which I must discontinue come July 1.

As part of what Governor O'Malley touts as his strong stand on "fiscal responsibility," he supports Senate Bill 87 and House Bill 72 (currently under consideration by the legislature), which downgrade both employees' and retirees' prescription plans. The changes differ for each group with retirees taking a far bigger hit than active employees. Personally, I will have to pay about $300 more per month for the 13 prescriptions I currently take. To counter those readers who will say, "stop whining — at least you have a prescription plan," I might add that this is a plan for which I have paid and continue to pay a subsidized but still hefty premium.

I get politics — aim distasteful legislative changes at the groups that have the least power, in this case those over 60 who do not feel well enough to pick a fight. It would seem that Governor O'Malley is both fiscally responsible and a great politician.

Nancy Zibron, Bel Air

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