If delaying the employer mandate is not a big deal as stated by many on the Left who are minimizing the move so that ACA doesn't appear to be falling apart, then why delay it? The defense on the Left is that most companies already provide healthcare, and the mandate doesn't apply to companies with fewer than 50 people, so it only effects about 4% of companies or something like that, but, why would Obama create such negative press regarding Obamacare if the mandate only effects such a low number of companies?
One reason could be that the administration knew that many companies would drop their coverage and the exchanges aren't ready, so, many employees would be in uninsured limbo. Also, all the companies who have just above 50 employees might think it's profitable to fire a few to get below fifty.
Surely Obama and his advisors realize there will be backlash because individuals are mandated to get insurance but companies are off the mandate hook. This could be a planned implosion so that there's a demand for govewrnment to fix the problem. I won't be surprised to see a revival of single payer advocacy, a simple process in which everyone has coverage and government provides it. We'll see.