The new SHRM CEO: A voice for affordable health care? Hopefully.

Although SHRM as the premier organization for HR professionals has taken its share of negative hits, I liked what I read about their new CEO, Laurence G. O'Neil, of which they reviewed over 400 candidates for the position.

Having served five years as senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente, a $40 billion not-for-profit health care organization, O'Neil is well prepared to lead SHRM into the fray.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on, affordable health care for employees in the U.S. has all but eroded away. Those who have any health benefits at all are thankful they have them, regardless of their premium increases. I won't go on a rant on how Kaiser is just as guilty as any other health care organization when it comes to contributing to this decline, but I'm encouraged that the Workforce article alludes to the fact that the new SHRM CEO may try to impact health care reform when Congress tackles it (yet again).

Let's see if Lon can be a voice for affordable health. Benefits are the number one topic for organizations today.

Post by Kevin Grossman

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