Here, lets get in an argument. To resolve it I'm going to want to pummel your face in repeatedly. Naturally you'd rather end it without violence. Lets compromise and I'll just punch you once. Come on, don't you want compromise, why are you so stubborn?
When one believes that doing a specific action is BAD then compromising with someone so they do "less" of that action isn't actually a compromise, all it is is trying to limit what the other person does.
If a person is mugging you and wants the $100's you have on you, he wants your money and you don't want to give up the money. If you "compromise" and give him $50 then he's still getting what he wants, your money, and you're basically justifying that he's correct in taking that money because you've agreed to give it to him.
Its the same idiotic thing with minimum wage. Its also why abortion generally doesn't work well with the WAY in which people want compromise.
Universal government run healthcare in the mind of conservatives is a BAD thing that will hurt this country. If that's the case, why choose to "compromise" and allow a little of something you feel will be BAD for this country? Don't we want our representitives to a point actually having principles and not just being spineless jellyfish?
Its not incombant on Republicans to say "hey, how about we do this instead" because ultimately they're in the minority. IF democrats want to try to get them, and a large percentage of America on board with their plan as the majority, then its on THEM to come forward, recognize the issues, desires, fears, and wants of the other side and offer up the start of a compromised solution. If its good enough to work with it'll be hammered out and they'll get support. If its not, then they have to deal with the fact that their plan simply isn't good enough for a large portion of the American population and either choose to scrap it or to say to hell with that portion of the population.