Schumer says Democrats should get role in health-care ne­go­ti­a­tions

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Hop­ing to force the GOP’s health care plans out of the shad­ows, a top-rank­ing Demo­crat in­vited Se­nate Repub­li­cans to en­gage in a bi­par­ti­san ne­go­ti­a­tion this week over the fu­ture of Oba­macare.

Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer said plans to over­haul one-sixth of the econ­omy must be done in broad day­light, as a work­ing group of 13 GOP sen­a­tors work be­hind the scenes on a re­write of a Housep­a­ssed bill to re­peal and re­place the 2010 law.

“We be­lieve we all owe it to our con­stituents to meet to dis­cuss your po­ten­tial leg­is­la­tion that would pro­foundly im­pact so many Amer­i­can lives,” Mr. Schumer, New York Demo­crat, wrote to Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell.

“The U.S. Se­nate has long been con­sid­ered the world’s greatest de­lib­er­a­tive body and, as mem­bers of that body, we should each sup­port open and ro­bust de­bate,” he added. “That is why we are dis­mayed at

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