With divisions within both parties, can politicians pull off a deal before reaching the fiscal cliff?
"I'm praying for John Boehner," Beckmann said.
Grateful, not entitled
Reflecting on the state of the country and the political posturing in Washington, Eisenberg offered a similar sentiment: "I hope everybody is willing to make a little sacrifice for a long-term fix."
She knows what it means to make difficult budget cuts — in her case due to an incurable, unpreventable disease.
"This is a different means of living," she said. "But I adjust my means of living to what I have. My life isn't what it used to be, but that doesn't matter. People ask me how I can live on $700 a month. They say they can't live on twice that. I say, 'Actually, you can.' "
Eisenberg chooses to focus on what she has, counting it a blessing to have access to programs that keep food on her table, medicine in her cabinets and a roof over her head.
"I cannot tell you my level of gratitude," she said. "I just cry sometimes. I feel this saved my life. I don't have any sense of entitlement. As a matter of fact, I waited much too long to get into this because I just didn't want to ask for help. So I'm coming from an attitude of appreciation."
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