"This really is something that could be so awful for so many people, and so many poor people, and it's wrong." Image copyright Alex Wong Image caption House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare under the new Trump administration Shredding the Affordable Care Act was a key campaign promise made by Donald Trump. Now that Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House, plans are moving forward to dismantle Obama's signature policy. This week, Republicans in the House and Senate passed a budget resolution which set in motion a plan to repeal key parts of the law. Republicans do not yet have a replacement plan. At his first news conference of the year, President-elect Trump vowed that he would have a new plan as soon as his pick for secretary of health and human services, Tom Price, is confirmed. "Obamacare is a complete and total disaster," he told reporters. "We're going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better." It is still unclear how he plans to do this. However, some Americans are happy to see the ACA repealed - especially those who had negative healthcare experiences as a result of its enactment. This group includes people like Bob Frank, who until 2010 had a plan he purchased as an individual from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maryland. Frank was in good health, and says he paid about $360 a month and had a $2,000 deductible - the amount he would pay out of pocket before insurance began to cover costs.
When: 11am-7pm, January 26-29 Where: St Ann's Square Part of the plan to get us posting pretty pictures on social media this year, a glittering giant Golden Dragon will be bedding in to its river-side spot in Greengate Square, just across the River Irwell into Salford. Provided by Manchester Evening News Here you can selfie snap your encounter with him and post it using the hashtag #chinesenewyearMCR. When: 10am-8pm, January 26-29 Where: Greengate Square, opposite Manchester Cathedral HOME has invited some of the top names in contemporary Chinese cinema to bring their latest shorts films to Manchester - many of them drawn from the Hong King International Film Festivals Beautiful series, which includes work from the likes of Jia Zhangke, Lu Yue, Tsai Ming-Liang and Ann Hui. The event is supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. When: 6.15pm, January 25 Where: HOME, First Street Happy birthday to the Stockport studio where The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded Brighten up your lunch hour in the city centre by catching one of the hourly dances that the lion will be delivering at the bottom of Market Street, close to the Boots store. When: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, January 26-28 Where: Market Street The Centre For Contemporary Chinese Art leads this multi-gallery exhibition of work by Suki Chan and Joe Ford. Chan explores the complex relationship between the human eye, the brain and vision in Lucida in galleries 1 and 2 (free), while Joe Ford runs a cyanotype tote bag printing workshop in the Jasmine Suite, in which visitors can draw or collage their own design using the cyanotype (a photographic printing process) technique (4, drop in, all ages). When: Chan - January 26-April 30; Ford - 1pm-4pm, January 28 Where: Thomas Street Henry Fung is one of the local Chinese musicians chosen to create the soundtrack to the 2017 celebrations, created on traditional and contemporary instruments and running for four days - all free - in the square. On Saturday, January 28, Manchesters Confucius Institute take things back to the traditional with a day of sounds made on the oldest Chinese instruments, including erhu, zither, and Chinese guitar. There'll also be folk music originally written by ethnic minorities of the region, such as Mongolian and Tajiks people, throughout the afternoon.
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More of that, please. #11 3 Decorating "Tricks" So Transformative You Can Think of Them as Rules by Amanda Sims "Tricks," because once upon a time not too long ago the idea of hanging your curtains closer to the ceiling was not a thingsomeone gave it a whirl, the move caught fire as a trend, and suddenly it's Interior Design 101. What we learned: Interior Design 101minus the textbookis right up your alley. #10 A DIY Tiny Bathroom Renovation: Before, "Almost-After" & Tips by Liz Johnson When our wonderful contributor Liz Johnson told me she'd like to write about the bathroom makeover she masterminded herself, I knew it'd be a stunner (proof of her good taste, here ). It was also ingenious and budget-friendly. What could be better? What we learned: Again, real experiences (and real homes! and makeovers! and budget-friendly fixes!) are often the most compelling way to learn.
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