From the Iran nuclear deal to the Paris climate change agreement to Obamacare, President Obama and his team plan to spend the next two months aggressively defending and implementing these policies, despite President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign promises to end them once he takes office.
"To unravel a deal that is working and keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain," President Obama said on Monday, in his first press conference since Trump's election victory.
"It becomes more difficult to undo something that is working," Obama added.
The Obama administration argues that the election results should not prevent the sitting president from governing in his final weeks in office. And this approach could help Obama further entrench these policies and complicate Trump's plans to unwind them.
Obama, as he visits Greece, Germany and Peru this week and meets with a number of world leaders on his final foreign trip as president, is expected to encourage the international community to continue implementation of both the Paris and Iran agreements.
"We obviously believe in the importance of the Iran deal, which had significantly rolled back Iran's nuclear program and averts yet another conflict in the Middle East. We believe in the importance of the Paris agreement, which encompasses almost every country in the world and offers an opportunity to fight climate change. So these are issues where our views are well known. We will run through the tape with the implementation of those policies," Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser for Obama told reporters in a press call.
Obamacare enrollment started on Nov. 1 and will end on Jan. 31, about 11 days after Obama leaves office. The president's team wants to get 13.8 million people to enroll or re-enroll over the next few months.
"We're all in," said Marjorie Connolly, a spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services, referring to Affordable Care Act enrollment.
More than 1.5 million people have selected Obamacare plans this month, including more than 100,000 on Nov. 9, the day after the election.
"There was a day or two last week where I was as despondent over the election results as anyone, and I was deeply concerned that Trump being elected—combined with his promise to join the GOP in wiping out the ACA — would cause people to abandon the currently ongoing 2017 Open Enrollment Period," said Charles Gaba, a Democrat and ACA supporter who has closely tracked enrollment under the law since its inception.
He added, "Instead, the exact opposite appears to be happening...or, at the very least, the election results don't seem to be keeping anyone from signing up."