Those with new jobs include migrant labor working in the U.S. under temporary visas. A not so popular piece of legislation in Congress would slash all visas by 50 percent over the next decade. There is little information on how labor-strapped agriculture would be affected by the measure.

Among other legislation receiving notice this week was the Affordable Care Act. More than 60 attempts have failed to change the law mandating almost every citizen have health insurance. However, the battle is far from over.

Peter Tubbs has the details.  

President Trump this week threatened to end the federal subsidy for low-income health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. If adopted, the proposal would have a significant impact on the health insurance costs for many in rural America.

Health industry experts have estimated that the cost of subsidized health plans would rise by an average of 20 percent per year without the subsidy.

Advocates for the poor are concerned about the potential loss of coverage for those in poverty.

Stephanie Altman, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law: "Right now, the Affordable Care Act makes a promise. There will be insurance companies for everybody to enroll in at a price that you can afford. If the payments aren't made to insurance companies and they leave the marketplace, that promise will be broken."

Removal of the subsidy payments would be felt most dramatically in rural America. According to federal data, up to 18 percent of rural residents require a subsidized health plan, a rate that is higher than urban areas of the country. The ACA also has improved the finances of hospitals across America by reducing the rate of those without the ability to pay. But rural hospitals are more likely to operate at a loss even with fewer uninsured patients. Since 2010, 80 rural hospitals have closed. Another 200 are believed to be at risk of closure even without a Trump Administration funding cut.

Under the terms of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, most of the health care policies for 20 million Americans are subsidized by the Federal government at a cost of $7 Billion dollars per year. Federal payments of subsidies to insurance companies are currently being made on a month-to-month basis. The White House is considering freezing these payments, which would result in insurance companies raising their rates on plans, leaving states where they are unable to operate at a profit, or both.

President Trump tweet: “As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"

The July failure of a Republican plan to repeal and replace parts of the ACA has led the White House to explore other avenues to reduce enrollment in the Obama era program. However, via Executive Order, fewer dollars are being allocated to assist those looking to sign up for a policy through the ACA marketplace and the budget for advertisements promoting the marketplace have been cancelled.

For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs.