Americans Facing Another Weekend of Worries Over Shutdown

The government shutdown and stalemate are causing great uncertainty and strain on American citizens.
2:08 | 10/12/13

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hearing more stories about suffering inflicted by the shutdown on american people. Abc's senior national correspondent jim avila with an outrageous reality. Reporter: Meet maddy major, she is 8 years old and suffers from a rare form of leukemia, her battle for life threatened during the shutdown. It's the most devastating thing in the world to know that there could potentially be a cure for her, but because of a stalemate in the government, we can't research those options, it's mind blowing. Reporter: Maddie and 400 of the sickest americans can't get cutting edge experimental karat the national institutes of health, because the government shutdown prevents nih from accepting new patients. Maddie's mom has a message for congress. Spend a day with a family like me. And see if you still think that your agenda is appropriate for what we are dealing with. Reporter: This is maddie. She is 8 years old. She's trying to get in a clinical trial. We took this story to steve womack, he's on the house committee that oversees the nih budget and he voted for the shutdown. I wish you guys would realize a week's delay could mean her life. Of course it can. Everything that happens in washington is a process. Reporter: A process that has now dragged into shutdown day 11, with hundreds of thousands of government workers still furloughed. Social security workers in houston today are seeing nearly half of their pay cut but did get this letter from their boss asking creditors to be nice. I would appreciate any assistance in the postponement, temporary reduction or rescheduling of payments. In florida, a federal campground padlocked today. The american dream. Reporter: Campers set packing. They are acting like kids. Reporter: Week two of the shutdown ends, it's effects grow deeper and more widespread, from sick kids to closed parks and furloughed workers.

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