The new and remarkably large health care law, based on the vision of President Obama, will phase in quickly over the next several years. At its heart is the belief that every American should have health care soon. What that will cost is only a guess, with a large number of estimates already part of an argument over whether the United States can afford the plan. What is certain is that the size of the uninsured population is massive, and among some demographic groups it is growing. That momentum may make the health care plan more difficult to implement.

According to new

Methododoly: Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey July 1 to Sept. 31, 2012, with a random sample of 90,998 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.

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