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Where "repeal and replace" rhetoric goes from here

Republicans say they'll try again to repeal and replace the ACA. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Congressional Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but some of them aren't ready to stop campaigning on that promise. "I don't see any problem with talking about repeal and replace. We still want to do it. It's not over," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said.

Why it matters: Some Republicans are loathe to admit defeat in a battle they've been waging for years. But the only thing worse than breaking your promise once is breaking it again and again — and that's where some conservatives fear their party is headed. "They can't stop themselves. It's an addiction and an unhealthy one at that," one former GOP aide said of the repeal and replace effort.