"Past administrations haven't remained this involved in policymaking, but they haven't dealt with someone who sought to repeal their entire legacy," said Darrell West, director of governance studies. "That makes the Obama folks more motivated to stay engaged even though they have left office."
"It is a contentious subject and Congress has to pass a budget, raise the debt limit, and provide billions to Texas for hurricane relief," he said. "Those issues will take considerable time and there won't be much space for other issues. It may even be difficult for Republicans to find time to move on tax reform."