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Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Health and Health Care

Full Name: Arlen Specter

Health and Health Care

2010 American Public Health Association - Positions 100%
2010 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 83%
2009-2010 Alzheimer's Impact Movement - Positions 33%
2009-2010 American Hospital Association - Positions 67%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 18%
2009-2010 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 95%
2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100%
2009 AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Advocacy Association - Positions on AIDS Drug Assistance 30%
2009 American Nurses Association - Positions 100%
2009 American Public Health Association - Positions 86%
2009 American Society for Radiation Oncology - Positions 100%
2009 Association of University Centers on Disabilities - Positions 42%
2009 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 83%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 85%
2008 Academy of General Dentistry - Positions 100%
2008 American Public Health Association - Positions 80%
2008 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 33%
2008 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 79%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2007-2008 AIDS United - Positions 100%
2007-2008 American Hospital Association - Positions 75%
2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 71%
2007-2008 National Association for Addiction Professionals (formerly National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors) - Positions 0%
2007-2008 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association - Positions 100%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 14%
2007-2008 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100
2007-2008 The American Geriatrics Society - Elderly Health Advocacy Score B-
2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 70%
2007 Alliance For Headache Disorders Advocacy - Positions 50%
2007 American Academy of Family Physicians - Positions 100%
2007 American Public Health Association - Positions 88%
2007 Association of University Centers on Disabilities - Positions 100%
2007 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - Positions 0
2007 League of Women Voters - Children's Health Issues Score 100%
2007 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 100%
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 41%
2006 American Public Health Association - Positions 100%
2006 National Association of Social Workers - Positions on Professional Advocacy 75
2006 Parkinsons Action Network - Positions 100%
2006 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 71%
2006 Protect Patients Now! - Positions 100%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2005-2006 American Academy of Emergency Medicine - Positions 100%
2005-2006 American Hospital Association - Positions 67%
2005-2006 American Nurses Association - Positions 67%
2005-2006 National Association for Addiction Professionals (formerly National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors) - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 80%
2005-2006 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association - Positions 35%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 90%
2005-2006 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 40%
2005 American Public Health Association - Positions 50%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
2004 American College of Emergency Physicians - Positions 100%
2004 American Public Health Association - Positions 43%
2004 Citizens for Health - Whole Person Health Rating - Whole Person Health Score 50%
2004 Parkinsons Action Network - Positions 100%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67%
2003-2004 American Academy of Emergency Medicine - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 83%
2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 64%
2003 American College of Emergency Physicians - Positions 100%
2003 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Positions 0%
2003 American Public Health Association - Positions 12%
2003 American Society of Anesthesiologists - Positions 100%
2003 Global AIDS Alliance - Positions 20%
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33%
2002 American Public Health Association - Positions 43%
2002 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association - Positions 50%
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 50%
2001-2002 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 38%
2001-2002 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 60%
2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 53%
2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0%
2001 AIDS United - Positions 85%
2001 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Positions 50%
2001 American Medical Association - Positions 100%
2001 American Public Health Association - Positions 50%
2001 National Breast Cancer Coalition - Positions 60%
2001 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 75%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 43%
2001 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Positions 100%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 25%
2000 American Public Health Association - Positions 57%
2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 42%
1999-2002 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association - Positions 83%
1999-2000 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 50%
1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46%
1999 American Medical Association - Positions 0%
1999 American Public Health Association - Positions 50%
1999 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 46%
1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 50%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
1999 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 71%
1998 American Public Health Association - Positions 60%
1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 80%
1997-1998 AIDS United - Positions 75%
1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 54%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 29%
1997 American Public Health Association - Positions 67%
1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 60%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 83%
1996-2003 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 67%
1996 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 60%
1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 30%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 14%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 69%
1995-2004 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association - Positions 38%
1995-2004 Protect Patients Now! - Positions 60%
1995-1998 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 60%
1995-1996 AIDS United - Positions 67%
1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 36%
1995-1996 Smokefree Action - Positions 66%
1995 American Public Health Association - Positions 62%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 19%
1994 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 60%
1993-1996 Planned Parenthood Action Fund - Positions 97%
1993 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 38%
1991 National Association of Social Workers - Positions 50%

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Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

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