the Democrat's guide to talking politics with

your republican uncle

The holiday season is filled with food, traveling, and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics — sometimes laced with statements that are just not true.

Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh — and the perfect response to each of them:

Gender Equity: Binders full of facts

Myth

Women don't really make less money than men in the workplace, they just make different choices.

Fact

Actually, women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes . The gender wage gap is real, and it's hurting American families. That's why President Obama's first act in office was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make it easier for workers to challenge unequal pay.


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Myth

Raising the minimum wage is for flunkies and teenagers.

Fact

Women are more likely than men to find themselves working a minimum wage job . That's part of why President Obama favors an increase in the minimum wage — because supporting women and families strengthens the middle class.


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Myth

Covering contraception under Obamacare will give college students free reign to be promiscuous.

Fact

They've studied this! Increasing access to condoms, emergency contraception, or the HPV vaccine did not cause an increase sexual behavior among young people . And, as a bonus, investing $235 million on expanding access to contraceptives with Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act will help prevent unintended pregnancies, saving taxpayers $1.32 billion.


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Myth

Obamacare makes men buy coverage for pregnancy, pap smears, mammograms, and other services that are for women.

Fact

Basic answer: health care covers a lot of benefits that you may never use. But women shouldn't be charged more or dropped from coverage because of their gender .


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Economy: More than 8 million reasons why your Republican uncle is wrong

Myth

President Obama has increased the deficit.

Fact

Since President Obama took office, the deficit as a percentage of GDP has been cut by more than 50% . And by the way, if Republicans manage to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that’s actually going to increase the deficit by something like $109 billion over the next 10 years.


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Myth

Where are the all jobs that President Obama promised?

Fact

Since President Obama took office, the private sector has seen job growth for 45 consecutive months , with businesses adding more than 8 million jobs during this time. But that shutdown move the GOP pulled in October cost 120,000 private sector jobs.


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Myth

Democrats like President Obama have raised my taxes.

Fact

President Obama has cut taxes repeatedly for middle class families. In the first four years of his administration, a typical family making $50,000 a year received $3,600 in tax cuts . But Paul Ryan’s plan, which House Republicans passed, would cut taxes for the rich and likely mean new taxes for the middle class.


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Myth

All of President Obama’s new taxes make life impossible for small businesses.

Fact

President Obama has cut taxes for small businesses 18 times  since taking office, allowing them to grow and create jobs. But remember Paul Ryan’s plan? That would actually cost the economy something like 2 million jobs, which isn’t great for businesses of any size.


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Health Care: Market-based, constitutional, and definitely not socialist

Myth

Obamacare isn't working.

Fact

Since the enrollment period began, nearly 1.2 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the health care exchanges  and Medicaid, and millions more are benefitting by staying on their parents' health insurance plans, accessing preventive services without a copay, and feeling secure that insurance companies can no longer discriminate based on pre-existing conditions.


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Myth

The website doesn't work so people can't sign up for health care even if they wanted to.

Fact

The website is working for the vast majority of visitors, and thousands of American are signing up every day . But you can also sign up by calling 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every state has health care navigators who can provide unbiased information, answer your questions, and help you sign up!


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Myth

Obamacare hurts businesses.

Fact

Actually, the Affordable Care Act helps businesses big and small save money. Period. Small businesses will save up to 4% on premiums for their same insurance plans, while large businesses will save up to 3%. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office says that businesses could save up to $2,000 per person in health care costs . But you know, if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, those savings would likely disappear.


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Myth

Obamacare is a government takeover of the health care system.

Fact

Let’s be honest — the Affordable Care Act was born out of ideas originally proposed by Republicans. It relies on private insurers and actually strengthens the employer-based health care system that already exists , while expanding the pool of people who are able to buy insurance. Now that it’s a law passed by President Obama, Republicans want to put insurance companies back in charge.


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Myth

Obamacare should be unconstitutional.

Fact

Well... it's not. Despite the fact that a bunch of Republican Attorneys General spent a boatload of taxpayer dollars trying to prove otherwise, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional in 2012 .


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Myth

Obamacare requires American taxpayers to fund abortion.

Fact

Nope. The Affordable Care Act does not provide taxpayer funding for abortion .


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Myth

Obamacare only adds to the deficit, and it’s going to bankrupt this country.

Fact

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit , saving more than $200 billion in the first decade and $1 trillion in the following 10 years. So if you care about reducing the deficit or keeping actual American families out of bankruptcy, you should support Obamacare.


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Climate: 97% of scientists vs. your Republican uncle

Myth

Climate change is just a liberal scare tactic.

Fact

Forgive us for being convinced by the 97% of scientists who agree that climate change is real  and believe that humans are probably causing it. Republican obstruction on policies to address climate change endangers our environment and hurts our economy.


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Myth

Humans can't do anything to combat rising CO2 levels.

Fact

Except we already are combating rising CO2. In 2012, the U.S. recorded the lowest levels of carbon emissions in nearly two decades . And by taking steps like improving fuel efficiency, we can do more in the years ahead. Because of new standards, for instance, the average car in 2025 will achieve a fuel economy equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon, nearly double that of cars on the road today. A goal, by the way, that Republicans tried to block.


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Myth

The United States can't stay economically competitive if we address climate change.

Fact

Climate change itself is taking a toll on our economy. In 2012, climate and weather disasters cost the United States more than $100 billion . And right now, other countries are making huge investments in research and development to confront this crisis with new technologies — which means new industries and new jobs. We can’t afford to fall behind them. The longer Republicans deny climate change exists, the further we fall behind.


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Immigration: No amnesty, just facts

Myth

Immigration reform will allow illegal immigrants to take away jobs from hard-working Americans.

Fact

Actually, immigrants are job creators. In 2011, for example, immigrants started 28% of small businesses in the United States . First generation Americans have also created big businesses over the years — you know, like, Google.


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Myth

A path to citizenship will hurt our economy.

Fact

That's just not the case. In fact, providing a path to citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants would help our economy grow by $832 billion  over the next 10 years. If undocumented workers don’t have a path toward citizenship, they won’t be able to pay their taxes and participate in society.


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Myth

Immigration reform will bankrupt this country.

Fact

If we pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill — which was written by a group of Republicans and Democrats and has already passed the Senate with bipartisan support — we'll cut the federal budget deficit by about $850 billion in the next 20 years ... but who's counting?


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Myth

The DREAM Act lets illegal immigrants go to college for free at the expense of Americans.

Fact

DREAM Act students would not be eligible for federal grants at all . They could be eligible for federal loans, however, but they need to pay those back. And DREAMERs are largely people who were brought to America as children and have never called any other country home. Isn’t allowing those young people to get an education or serve in our military part of the American dream?


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Myth

Immigration reform just gives amnesty to all the people who came here illegally, and that just means more people will come here illegally.

Fact

Someone's been listening to too much Rush Limbaugh. The comprehensive immigration reform bill requires those that have entetertiary this country illegally to pass a background check, pay taxes, learn English, pay a penalty, and then go to the back of the line . That’s hardly amnesty.


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