Dems demand answers on Trump officials' decision not to defend ObamaCare

House Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to release documents and information about its decision not to defend ObamaCare in court.

Top Democrats, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' MORE (N.Y.) and Oversight Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE (Md.), sent letters Tuesday to the White House and departments of Justice as well as Health and Human Services demanding access to materials that explain the decision and identifies the officials involved in making it.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) last month sided with a lower court ruling that found ObamaCare unconstitutional, going past its previous position that only part of the law should be struck down. The DOJ has refused to defend the law in court, and a coalition of Democratic states are seeking an appeal of the decision.

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“This refusal appears to be violating longstanding policies to defend and enforce Acts of Congress; will have a significant negative impact on the accessibility of healthcare for Americans; and appears to be driven by political considerations rather than considered legal arguments,” the Democrats wrote in the letter to the DOJ.

Specifically, Democrats are asking for lists of all officials involved in the decision, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE’s chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House MORE, and any communications between key officials about the lawsuit.

The Democrats also want DOJ’s legal justification for refusing to defend the law in court and want four key attorneys from the department to testify.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds distributing masks, other gear seized in price-gouging investigation to NY, NJ health care workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All eyes on today's unemployment numbers Trump announces enhanced counternarcotics operation at coronavirus briefing MORE on Tuesday responded to criticisms from Democrats about the DOJ’s decision.

“We are in litigation and we have to take a position," Barr said in response to a question from Rep. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightOvernight Energy: Coal industry seeks fee rollbacks amid coronavirus | Ex-lawyer for trophy hunting group joins Trump agency | EPA sued over reapproval of Roundup chemical Coal industry asks for financially beneficial rollbacks amid coronavirus House Democrats jam GOP with coronavirus bill MORE (D-Pa.) during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

"If you think it’s such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about. Let the courts do their job," he added.