I’m looking for scholarly informational sources, Thom's books included, to educate myself on two topics.
(1) For the sake of perspective and to mitigate the unfounded notion I have that the recent election of “tea bag” mentality congressional representatives is without precedent, I would like to read, in the area of American history, about similar cases and how the country got past these obstacles to progress.
(2) I am utterly dumbfounded when it comes to knowing the historical circumstances and processes that prompted and permitted the insurance industry to insert itself between me and my doctor. What brought this on? Did the insurance industry legitimately find a need and fill it?
Any help would be appreciated.