Washington’s health system faces a serious shortage of health care workers, including nurses, dental hygienists and other essential workers.
That’s the main focus of a bill being considered by the House that would allow states to make up the difference.
The bill, H.R. 822, has been introduced by Rep. Bill Posey, a California Republican, who said he’s introducing it to make sure state health care systems are able to meet the needs of the health care industry and that the bill is not hurting patients.
The problem, Posey said, is that hospitals, doctors and other providers that care for people in the hospitals or other health care facilities are not allowed to pay workers the same wages as those who work in the private sector.
“The problem is not only is it hurting patients, it’s hurting the hospitals, because that’s the money that hospitals are using to pay these people,” he said.
“It’s hurting taxpayers, because hospitals are paying people who are actually not doctors and nurses, and they’re paying them for that same job that they’re doing.”
In his speech, Poseys office cited data showing that hospitals have cut back on medical services in the past year.
Health care costs have increased for the same reason, he said, adding that the industry is facing an unprecedented amount of competition from new entrants in the health insurance marketplaces.
And he said the federal government is now paying far more for health care than it did for the previous decade.
“You’re seeing some of the same things that you’re seeing in other industries: A shortage of workers,” he told reporters.
“And I think that is causing the shortage of resources that are needed to provide the services that are necessary to care for the patients.”
The issue came up again on Thursday during a House panel hearing, when Democrats pressed Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, to explain the health system’s staffing shortages.
Meadows, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, defended the system as being fully staffed, saying that he was “confident that we have sufficient resources to serve the people of this country.”
He said it is important to keep in mind that the health services that hospitals provide “is not like other services that they provide, like food, or clothing, or medical care.”
He also said that while the federal health insurance program pays providers to cover their own staff, “we have a lot of those people on the payrolls that are not on the hospitals payrolls, so we’re not paying them as much.”
Rep. Joe Crowley, a New York Democrat, also pressed Meadows on whether hospitals and doctors are not making enough to pay their employees.
He argued that “in the private market, they are making a profit, and therefore that they should not be paying people what they’re being paid.”
The situation in Washington is complicated by the fact that the number of state health insurance plans that provide coverage for workers has decreased significantly over the past few years.
While some of those plans are offered through the federal exchange, others are offered directly by states, and many of them are offering limited plans.
But a federal government estimate found that in the last two years, only 2.3 percent of private health plans offered through Obamacare have been offering health care coverage to their employees at prices lower than those of the federally run health plans.
The other 5.1 percent of plans offer coverage to workers at rates much higher than those offered by private plans, which is what the health plans were paid for by the federal governments to do.
That analysis found that between 2011 and 2015, federal and state governments paid $11.6 billion for coverage for employers and their workers through these employer-sponsored plans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The analysis did not account for the cost of providing the coverage to individuals, such as the costs of deductibles and co-pays.
According to an analysis by the Kaiser Institute, the average worker in the U.S. earns $40,000 annually, and according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office, the median wage for workers in the same job is $34,000.
That means that an employee making $40 an hour would need to be paid at least $16,000 to buy the same type of coverage.
For most Americans, that kind of cost would likely be too much to afford.
And, unlike some private plans in the marketplace, the federal-state health plans do not provide comprehensive benefits, meaning that workers would not be able to qualify for more generous plans or receive the subsidies they would receive from the federal subsidies.
The federal government also doesn’t provide benefits for workers who are disabled or are terminally ill.
The number of states that offer comprehensive health care plans for workers is still relatively small, and it’s unclear how many of those workers would actually qualify for coverage.
“That’s a big reason why we need to have the full protections for workers and what the Affordable