Spotlight: Expensive medicine

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — The people of Walker Forge have been around long enough to know that “tough times don’t last, tough companies do.”

The Clintonville manufacturer is as tough as the steel it’s been forging for more than 70 years. But things are getting a lot tougher for even the strongest companies, caught in a perfect storm of challenges — a severe worker shortage, supply chain breakdowns, and the ever-rising costs of health care.

Bills moving through both houses of the Legislature, critics say, would bar an increasingly popular free-market way for employers to save on expensive speciality drugs.

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