People definitely care. But not enough people are likely to care to make a political issue out of it due to how the rate increases were designed. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rate increases called for by the last two acts of Congress are designed as slow and modest increases for the vast majority of folks holding policies. Indeed, this appears to be the reason Congress passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), in order to amend and soften the rate increases called for by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. During this current election year it takes a lot to get Congress focused on action, and the rate increases do not appear to fall on a large enough group to generate the noise that gets Congress’ attention. Added to that, the Republican Party is currently focused on demonstrating fiscal restraint, and rate increases designed to repay an approximately $20 billion deficit fit right into the current messaging.
I think that the following headline would have gotten the attention of people and politicians and possibly caused Congress to change its mind: “NFIP rates for homes to grow more than 20% a year!” However, that is only a true statement for non-primary residences located in AE and VE zones that were constructed before the first NFIP flood insurance rate map (FIRM) issued for the relevant region (so called “pre-FIRM” structures). A pretty small group of folks would be affected by this. Or perhaps a headline like: “25% annual rate increases by FEMA will apply to businesses!” But that is only a true statement for businesses located in AE and VE zones that were also constructed before the first NFIP flood insurance rate map issued for the relevant region. Again, a small group of folks to lobby Congress.