Hickenlooper is ‘frustrated’ with the ‘Fatty’ Health Insurance Regulations

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday he is “frustrated” with the regulation that his state requires restaurants to prominently post “Love Your Colleague, Fight Aggressively” as part of a funding policy known as “(NOT) Fatty.”

In a news conference Thursday to discuss the congressional “blue ribbon” committee he has established to find ways to address health care costs, Hickenlooper cited the example of the large, “Fatty”-financed billboards, warning patrons of the effects of a trans-fat diet.

The legislation, Colorado law says, was passed “to help address the predatory practices of high-fat restaurant dining and their importance to population health.”

Now that the “Fatty” rule is under the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Hickenlooper said, “I think there needs to be some dialogue.” He noted that state lawmakers in this year’s session discussed repealing or modifying the regulation, but failed to act.

“I think it’s kind of ironic that we have to legislate ‘not fat’,” he said. “I’ll keep going back and forth on that. … Let’s keep our government close to the people and have some dialogue.”

Health plans are able to qualify for “skinny premium” plans by keeping the average daily calorie count below 900. The federal “skinny” rule went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Restaurants have responded with advertisements that similarly warn of the harmful effects of high-fat diets.

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