The circumstances surrounding the passage of the tax reform bill by both houses of Congress are, in some ways, similar to those surrounding the passage of Obamacare. Both measures, for example, were voted to become law without a single yes vote by the opposition party. Like Obamacare, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went to the floor of the House and Senate with many Americans feeling they knew less about the law than they should.
But there are also some significant differences. Following today’s final vote by the House, House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t stick it to his Democratic colleagues by leading an in-your-face parade of Republicans around Capitol Hill carrying an outsize mallet the way his predecessor did.
Another difference is the almost entirely negative reaction to the bill by the so-called “mainstream media,” which unanimously praised Obama’s monumental health care law when it passed in