The republicans keep talking about how unhappy the public is about Obamacare. They ran on repealing Obamacare in the 2012 election and that was the chance for everyone who was unhappy about this law to vote democrats out of office and vote republicans in giving republicans the white house, senate and house majorities needed to repeal Obamacare but the republicans lost the white house and the senate. What do elections mean if the minority party can be allowed to force its agenda through government shutdowns and threatening default on the national debt? If Obamacare is a disaster and causes the economic harm so many on the right are so convinced that it will the democrats will ultimately pay for this at the polls right? The words compromise and negotiate keep getting thrown out but there is no middle ground position. Republicans basically want the ACA to be done away with, or rendered ineffective (which is what would happen if the individual mandate were delayed). The Democrats are/were never going to agree to either of these things.