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 NadlerDemocrats leave impeachment on the table House Judiciary chair to call on McGahn to testify before Congress Tim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump MORE (N.Y.) and Oversight Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Trump, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? 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 calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE’s chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday 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 BarrEx-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' Trump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? 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 Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell delivers fierce attack on Medicare for all | Barr defends efforts to overturn ObamaCare | Senators push drug industry 'middlemen' over prices Dems demand answers on Trump officials' decision not to defend ObamaCare Barr defends administration's efforts to overturn ObamaCare in court 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.