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And if Republicans could pass a bill with 51 votes, they could have repealed the ACA entirely in 2017 and replaced it with their preferred alternative.

No, albaby, they wouldn't have.
The reason why the ACA still stands is not the filibuster, it's that there was no alternative that was remotely acceptable to the American people.

The GOP will not let the filibuster stand in the way of something they really want to do.
See: tax cuts.
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