I haven't revisited this thread in a while and feel the need to explicitly state some important points.
#1) You can go to the Social Security and use the Estimator
. It is available at https://www.ssa.gov/retire/estimator.html
No need to setup an account for this. No password is needed Just provide SSN, name, place of birth, birthdate and Mothers maiden name. On the 2nd screen enter '$0' for last years
income. This is the figure that they assume that you continue to earn until you are in your 60s. By entering $0 you are tricking it into showing what you have already accrued. After that you will be shown monthly payment amounts starting at age 62/FRA/70. Note the significant increase by waiting until age 70.
#2) You provided a yearly pension estimate in your original post. Is this a traditional pension where the payout is based on your final average salary and number of years served. These types of pensions tend to accrue exponentially in the last years worked. If you are accruing $20,000-$25,000 in pension value for each additional year worked, the retiree medical may really be the small potatoes in this analysis.
#3) Why would you want a GOLD plan. Consider an ACA BRONZE plan unless you are sick and know that you will be requiring lots of medical care. You can change this on a year to year basis. With a GOLD plan you are pre-paying even if you aren't sick. With a BRONZE plan you don't nearly as much up front but will have higher deductibles if you are sick. The big advantages of any of these plans are twofold a) you will get the discounted ins co. contracted prices for in-network medical services as opposed to the retail values which can be 2X to 10x times the discounted values. The second advantage is b) you will limit your maximum yearly out of pocket expense to a defined number. Above this the plan will pay 100% of covered costs. Gold plans and Bronze plans both have these same features. Go for Bronze unless you know that you will have significant on-going medical expenses in the next year
I originally was planning to work to age 55 to get retiree health care and the retirement pension. The pension was frozen when I was 47 or so. With the passage of the ACA, and currently the spouse of someone who still have retiree health care, I decided to pull the plug and have not looked back.
Also, a comment on your experiment about simulating retirement income. This may be useful for a test of your emotions, but you may also wish to do a financial study on your spending. What I did was track and categorize all my spending for years before retiring. When adjusting for things like vacation, furniture or vehicle purchases, capital improvements to house etc, the baseline spending was very consistent year to year. This spending was not based on any type of budget -- it was just on what I felt was worth it each year. Bottom line was that I had years of validation data about how much I like to spend each year. SS pensions and savings were more than enough to cover.
I have never been happier since pulling the ER plug back in 2012-2013 or so. I hope it works out for you too.