President Obama estimates that Republicans will roll back 15-20 percent of his policies after Donald Trump takes office in January.
Obama told The New Yorker he has accomplished about 75 percent of what he set out to do during his two terms.
“Maybe 15 percent of that gets rolled back, 20 percent, but there’s still a lot of stuff that sticks,” he said.
Obama acknowledged that his signature policy, the Affordable Care Act, is vulnerable under Republican leadership.
“That has been a unifying bogeyman for Republicans over the course of the last six years,” Obama said.
“In the minds of a lot of the Republican base, it is an example of a big government program designed to take something from them and give it to someone else who is unworthy.”
But, he added, If the Republicans “tinker and modify but still maintain a commitment to provide health insurance for the people who received it,” he said, “then a whole bunch of stuff hasn’t gone out the window.”
Obama has a similar view about the Iran nuclear agreement.
“We actually have over a year of proof, and you’ve got the Israeli military and intelligence community acknowledging that, in fact, it has worked,” he said.
Obama said the agreement insured that Iran doesn’t now have the ability to build a weapon in a short amount of time.
“So, given that proof, I don’t think that it is inconceivable that Republican leaders look and they say, ‘This thing worked. Obama is no longer in office. This is not something that our base is hankering to undo, and we may quietly leave it in place,’” he said.
SOURCE: Jessie Hellmann