Quinn Selects Politically Connected Business as Partner On Medicaid Costs Cutting Project
The Pantagraph is reporting that Gov. Quinn has chosen a politically connected firm (MADO Management) as a partner in the project to help control Medicaid costs.
CHICAGO — A for-profit nursing home company owned by a politically connected Chicago businessman is a partner in a project Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that aims to control health spending for high-cost Medicaid recipients.
The selection of MADO Management raised questions from one advocate for nursing home residents who pointed to some MADO facilities’ below-average staffing levels and violations found by regulators during inspections.
More on the connection from the Illinois Senate Republicans:
MADO is owned by Peter O’Brien. O’Brien also chairs the Illinois Capital Development Board, which oversees state construction projects. He was appointed to the position in 2011 by Quinn. According to the AP, O’Brien is the brother of the late Daniel O’Brien, Jr., a Chicago Democrat who served in the legislature. According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform from 1993 through 2008, Mado Management gave $387,054 to Illinois Democrat candidates.
Yet again in Illinois, we see the appearance of pay to play politics. How many Governors, politicians and political cronies have to go to jail before there is real ethics reform put in place to stop these politically connected deals. Crony capitalism needs to be ended at all levels of government.