NY Times News Analysis: Losing a Lot to Get Little misses the reason for the rabid Republican opposition to Obamacare.
The issue here is not “despising” the Affordable Care Act, but the very survival of the Republican Party. It cannot afford another program, like Social Security and Medicare, that all Americans credit or blame the Democrats for. All Republicans know this. They are rightly afraid that when Obamacare is appreciated, President Obama, and worse than that even, the Democratic Party will be remembered for it and elected for it.
The difference between the most conservative and Tea Party aligned Republicans, and traditional Republicans is that the traditional ones know suicide when they see it!