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HHS: Nearly 6.6M ObamaCare enrollees

Nearly 6.6 million people were enrolled in ObamaCare's federal exchange as of Jan. 2, a figure that suggests the Obama administration will surpass its sign-up target for 2015.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that 6,593,388 people had picked plans or re-enrolled during the seventh week of the sign-up window.

The administration is hoping to enroll roughly 9 million people on the federal exchange by Feb. 15.

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"As we turn to the New Year, our focus is on helping every individual who is interested in quality, affordable health insurance to understand their options and to get covered," HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement.

Burwell also noted that people who want coverage that begins Feb. 1 must choose plans before next Thursday's deadline.

The federal exchange serves all but 14 states and the District of Columbia, which run their own marketplaces and produce separate tallies.

The announcement came the same day that Gallup found another drop in the uninsured rate under ObamaCare, to 12.9 percent last month.