The White House said Thursday that 6 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces, hitting the administration’s lowered goal, which was originally 7 million. Officials did not say how many people had paid a premium.

On a call in conjunction with the announcement, President Barack Obama, who is on an official trip in Italy, spoke to 2,000 grassroots volunteers, navigators and in-person assistors assembled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The president thanked the group for all their work to date and discussed the importance of building on this progress during the last four days of open enrollment, according to the White House.

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