SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When politics trump prudence, you get Illinois paying $12 million in Medicaid bills for dead people.

Republican state Rep. Patti Bellock, the House GOP point person on Medicaid, told Illinois Watchdog she isn’t all that surprised Illinois was spending money on patients who are no longer living.

“We should have never stopped the (private review of Medicaid). It was the most successful thing any state has ever done to stop fraud,” Bellock said.