Mitt Romney has already faced significant criticism for Romneycare, his 2006 Massachusetts healthcare package that many Republicans compare unfavorable to President Barack Obama's federal healthcare deal.

The pressure on Romney to defend his legacy in Massachusetts may increase even more, as the Los Angeles times reports that the law allows for illegal immigrants to get nearly free health insurance from any hospital or clinic in Massachusetts, regardless of their status.

This, the LA Times notes, is in sharp contrast to Romney's sharp criticisms of Texas Gov. and fellow GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry's allowing illegals immigrants to pay in-state tuition for state universities.

The Romney campaign steadfastly claims that the program was designed for legal residents of Massachusetts.

Our view when we signed the law was that all benefits would be for people in the commonwealth who were here legally, Murphy said to the LA Times.