— One sobering statistic: Firearms killed more children and adolescents in 2020 than car accidents, which had long been the leading cause of death for young people, according to an analysis by Dan Keating.
— And around the D.C.-area … Tension over the role of racism in public health strained a Virginia agency under Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. The state’s chief public health official, Colin Greene, rejected the state-recognized declaration that racism is a public health crisis and downplayed the role of racism in health disparities — and that left some fearing for their jobs, Jenna Portnoy reported.
— Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward landed a massive story. A majority of the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, an initial draft opinion showed. The bombshell report quickly upended the political landscape, catapulting the issue to the forefront of the upcoming midterm elections.
— Another staggering statistic: More than 100 million Americans are saddled with health-care debt, per Kaiser Health News’s Noam N. Levey. That’s one of the data points from a series exploring the scale and causes of medical debt from KHN and NPR.
— Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has lost its edge, Stat’s Rachel Cohrs reported. The major drug lobby “couldn’t muster the money or the clout” to stop Democrats from passing legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, a major defeat for the industry. “PhRMA may have watered the major reforms down, but it didn’t mount a pressure campaign like it has in the past,” Rachel wrote.