The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett has been advanced unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The advancement was done unanimously due to the Democrat members of the committee choosing to boycott the vote.
Rather than being present, the members of the committee instead portrayed pictures of recipients of the Affordable Care Act. USA Today reports:
To supporters of the ACA, the faces represent what is at stake: individuals who could lose health care if the Obama-era law is struck down.
Democrats argue that that would be the case if Barrett replaces the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day — locking in a 6-3 conservative majority by Nov. 10 — when the high court is set to hear a challenge to the ACA.
One of the focused concerns has been over the removal of pre-existing conditions. This concern holds some validity but has been largely mischaracterized.
President Trump has signed the Executive Order on America First Healthcare which puts the protection of pre-existing conditions into policy. While it still requires a law by congress (which the order requests be done by Dec 31) it still provides the direction to HHS who has regulatory authority.
The vote that advanced Barrett unanimously took place the morning of the last presidential debate set to take place tonight in Nashville Tennessee.