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Businesses say that the law was too complex for speedy compliance and that the IRS lacks the authority to impose the penalty. (Photo: Getty)

Considering that billions of dollars could be at stake, businesses are seeking to keep the IRS from enforcement actions that would impose large penalties on employers who didn’t provide health coverage to their employees beginning in 2015. And they may have some political allies.

According to a report from The Hill, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-TX, has said that he has discussed the idea of repeal or delay of the employer mandate with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, as well as other members of the Ways and Means Committee. The mandate, imposed by the Affordable Care Act, would penalize companies with more than 50 employees anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for failing to provide coverage to their employees.

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