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 NadlerFrom abortion to obstruction, politicians' hypocrisy is showing Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by MAPRx - Nadler gets breakthrough deal with DOJ on Mueller docs MORE (N.Y.) and Oversight Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks 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 TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE’s chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump asks Mulvaney to leave room during ABC interview due to coughing Trump asks Mulvaney to leave room during ABC interview due to coughing GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown 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 BarrAnticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Anticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Trump's Justice Department should change its tune on antitrust policy 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 CartwrightHouse Dems up funding for science agencies, ignoring proposed Trump cuts Overnight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military Interior chief dismisses climate concerns in first Natural Resources hearing: 'I haven't lost any sleep over it' 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.