President Obama claimed that his administration's latest delay of the employer mandate is an example of treating businesses as well as individuals (though the individual mandate was not delayed), by comparing the delay to the "hardship exemptions" available to some individuals.

"What we did yesterday was simply to make an adjustment in terms of their compliance, because for many of these companies, just the process of complying [if they have less than 100 employees] it may take them some time even if they're operating in good faith," Obama said during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Republicans accuse Obama of giving special treatment to corporations but not average Americans, but the president implicitly rejected that kind of argument.

"That's consistent actually with what we've done [with] the individual mandate," Obama said. "Even with the tax credits, in some cases, they still can't afford it, and we have hardship exemptions."