In other news, Romney has a new Romneycare problem. In 2009 he wrote an Op-Ed for USA Today, which is no longer available, supporting a federal individual mandate for health insurance. Whoops!
“Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others.”
Not-coincidentally, that's almost exactly the same rationale used by the Obama Administration to justify the individual mandate. It's also the mechanism that makes the plan mathematically feasible.