I agree this has been the left's strategy all along, Obama even came right out and said how much he preferred single payer i.e. all out socialized medicine. I hope the loyal opposition has a well thought out alternative for a counter move, but my sense is that the pubbie leadership has been pretty much onboard with obamacare from the start.
Yes, the Republicans want Obamacare. It represents power. No politician of either party can resist power. If the Republicans really didn't want Obamacare, they would have found a way to get rid of it by now...like maybe defund it? You know that won't happen.