Soon after the general election last November, Applebee’s franchisee Zane Tankel appeared on the Fox Business Network to voice his misgivings about the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was virtually a certainty now that President Barack Obama had won re-election. Tankel, who is chairman and chief executive of the 36-unit Apple-Metro Inc. in Harrison, N.Y., feared that the PPACA would cost his company millions of dollars and could inhibit ...

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