From my view, this is how the healthcare bill went:
Republicans: This MUST be a bi-partisan bill!
Democrats: Totally agree - something this big must have support across the aisle.
Republicans: Here are some things we want in the bill!
Democrats: OK ... we'll take most of those. (Not all.) Here are some of the things we want in the bill!
Republicans: NO! Those are dangerously liberal, radical views! You are socialists!
Democrats: Actually, no ... these are taken from the Republican Healthcare Bill in 1993, mostly.
Republicans: Death Panels!
Democrats: Well ... we've given you some things, what are you willing to agree to?
Republicans: NOTHING! ObamaCare is evil. We refuse to vote yes on any bill you propose, even if it includes our suggestions.
Republicans: You are so ineffective. You're weak and useless.
Democrats: OK, well ...
Republicans: You're messed up, toothless!
Democrats: Did ...did you just quote Public Enemy? Aren't you guys Republicans?
Republicans: DEATH PANELS!
Democrats: Well, check this out. We just realized that we have a majority in both houses of Congress. We don't actually NEED to include you guys if you refuse to participate.
Republicans: Wait ... what was that?
Democrats: I know! It's totally awesome and we sort of forgot about it. Turns out that it's simple math. Like, when you held the majority in Congress and passed tons of things we weren't crazy about? Yeah, that whole 60-vote majority thing that really didn't exist before Obama came into office? Yeah, screw that noise.
Republicans: Where's the frakkin bipartisanship? HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO US? This is reckless and brazen and super uncool.
Democrats: Well, I think that ---
Democrats: OK, then...yeah, we're just going to go ahead without you guys.
Republicans: It shall be the end of the USA as we know it?
Democrats: Giving healthcare insurance to Americans is bad for the USA?
Republicans: Socialists! Wait ... FASCISTS! PelosiCare! ObamaCare!
Democrats: OK, then ...