You'd think the outstanding work of cleaning up the Medicaid rolls would be something Gov. Pat Quinn would fight for. Sadly, you'd be wrong.
The private Maximus Health Services so far has found that 40 percent of the people enrolled in Medicaid aren't eligible. Yikes! That's four out of every 10 recipients. In many cases, the people don't even live in Illinois.
But the state workers union and Quinn are more interested in protecting jobs than continuing a program that benefits taxpayers. The union argued that this work should be done by union employees, and an arbitrator agreed. Never mind that union employees missed all these ineligible people in the first place.
Quinn could have fought the arbitrator's ruling in court, but instead settled so the Department of Human Services gets 520 new jobs and Maximum gets phased out. Quinn said he didn't want to spend the rest of his life in court; guess it depends on the issue. He has carried on other lengthy legal battles -- on the concealed carry law, for instance.
And how convenient that the union gets a victory now right after Quinn angered them by agreeing to a pension reform bill it didn't want. Wouldn't want his big campaign contributor mad at him right before he runs for re-election, would he?