It's obvious to me that the Republican party truly had no intention of ending or replacing Obamacare. Just another example of campaign conservatism.
The President will have to go directly to the citizens, perhaps through a national address.
Any strategy of just leaving Obamacare alone is a loser for the American people who will have to continue to suffer the consequences.
Your post that “no one ever wins with the Dems” is true, since they actually have a backbone. The Republican party has none, which is why they can be intimidated. That's what this President will have to do.