Obamacare will neither collapse, nor will Republicans accept its legitimacy, but the nature of their opposition will instead slowly morph. Gleeful predictions of imminent collapse will give way to bitter recriminations at the nefarious tactics used to make the law work. Obamacare will cease to be the something certain to destroy Obama and become something Obama has gotten away with. [...]After Solyndra and Benghazi and the IRS and every other empty scandal they could come up with, of course Republicans will start manufacturing Obamacare scandals. Exhibit 1: one of the first votes the House will take this year is to "strengthen security requirements" on HealthCare.gov. Because there have been so many security breaches at the website? No, there have been absolutely zero incidents of people's private information being compromised. None. Will that stop Republicans? Of course not.
If and when the law melds into the national fabric, the proximate Republican response will not be to adapt their policy ideas to it, but to denounce it as a kind of stolen law. You can see this spirit creeping out not only in Rubio’s proposal but elsewhere. Eleven Republican attorneys general have denounced Obama's various administrative maneuvers to make the law functional as illegal. “It was powerful corporate America, with its influential lobbyists, that got an additional year to meet the insurance mandate — when individuals did not,” complains the Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel, “It was the unions that got a reprieve from a health-insurance tax—when individuals and small businesses were left to pick up the tab.” The hapless Obamacare is slowly giving way to the devious Obamacare.
Republicans are convinced continuing the fight over Obamacare is their key to electoral victory, so they're going to keep it up, whatever it takes.