Until we see some tangible work being done this is not defensible. They are moving on. And if a blue wave next November wipes out GOP advantages in congress they won't ever get another chance. These fools left us with Obamacare, and unless things turn around that's what we'll have for good.
Sometimes in politics you have to actually win political games. The Republicans can't do anything on healthcare without first repealing Obamacare. They need the headline because they've staked so much on it. By the same token, Democrats can't move on healthcare if it symbolically repeals Obamacare. But once it's done it becomes a different fight. Obamacare is Stalingrad, its symbolic importance is worth more than any strategic value.
That is still a trillion dollars out of uncle sam's hands and into the private economy where it will be efficiently used. I'd certainly thank my boss for removing a trillion pound weight from my shoulders.